Healthcare and Social Service Employers — New OSHA Guidance Materials Apply To You

OSHA recently released new guidance materials for healthcare and social service employers. These materials provide guidance for preventing or materially reducing workplace violence events in healthcare and social service settings. This guidance replaces the 2004 guidance materials on the same topic and covers a broad array of healthcare and social service employers like psychiatric facilities, hospital emergency departments, community mental health clinics, drug abuse treatment centers, pharmacies, community-care centers, and long-term care facilities. It is recommended that all employers in the healthcare and social service industries review these new guidelines.