In BC, workplace violence is the third leading cause of injury to nurses. In fact, health care workers suffer a greater number of time loss injuries due to violence than any other occupation.
Violent behaviour from patients, clients, family members and members of the public has somehow been accepted as part of our normal work environment. But no form of workplace violence is acceptable.
All incidents of violence
must be reported to your supervisor and investigated.
Under current OH&S regulations, a risk assessment must be performed wherever a risk of violence exists. Employers must create procedures, policies and work environment arrangements to eliminate or minimize the risk. Employers must also educate, train and supervise workers in order to prevent injuries from violence.
BCNU's OH&S department works with the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHS) members, stewards and employers to ensure violence prevention programs are established at all work sites.
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