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Four good reasons to take OSHA 3148 seriously

Physician Practice Insider, June 16, 2015

OSHA says it’s there for you and your workers, to help keep them safe. Ignoring it could prompt the agency to show up at your door for an inspection. What is “it”? Workplace violence prevention. If your clinic hasn’t given much thought to this topic, and many haven’t, you’ll want to pay attention to the number 3148.
 
OSHA in April released an update to its Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers, known to many in the safety field as OSHA Rule 3148. First published in 1996 and updated in 2004, the 2015 update is largely viewed as OSHA’s attempt to get serious about encouraging healthcare facilities to develop a workplace violence prevention plan. For more information, the updated bookletcan be found at www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3148.pdf.
 
“It is unacceptable that the people who dedicate their lives to caring for our loved ones often work in fear of injury or death,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels in a statement from OSHA. “This updated booklet will help employers implement effective measures to reduce or eliminate workplace violence hazards.”

Read the full article in Medical Environment Update.

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