Workplace Safety – Resources

Massachusetts hospitals have been, and remain committed to, working with their staff and patients to review internal systems, develop policies and programs to prevent violence in the workplace, and respond to each and every incident. As new challenges and safety concerns arise, hospitals continually adapt to protect patients and the healthcare workforce. Here are some resources to help.

  • Webinar-Up-Close Look at Violence & Violence Prevention

    Healthcare workers are often the target of verbal and physical violence from patients. Hospitals, aware of the trend, are continually making strides to protect their workforce. Recently, a national webinar hosted by the AHA’s Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) featured MHA and Harrington Healthcare System’s Elise Wilson, R.N., who was violently attacked while caring for a patient. ...» Full Article
  • MHA’s Efforts to Address Healthcare Violence

    Over the last year, MHA convened an interdisciplinary group of hospital staff to identify strategies to address incidents of violence in the workplace. This group consisted of nursing staff, security professionals, risk managers, and others. Its intent was to develop statewide standards and policies that provide a baseline for safety practices and to support adoption of said standards in every h...» Full Article
  • Healthcare Safety Summit, on Tuesday, December 4th — 8 am – to 3 pm

    On behalf of MHA’s Statewide Quality Forum Steering Committee, Workplace Violence Prevention and Planning Workgroup, and the Promoting Employee Wellbeing Committee, please join us for an all-day Healthcare Safety Summit, on Tuesday, December 4 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MHA, 500 District Ave., Burlington, Mass. We encourage health organizations to bring your teams! As of today, the summit wi...» Full Article
  • Ergonomics Program Builds on Hospital Improvement Efforts

    The Center for Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW) has released an online continuing education program to help nurses prevent musculoskeletal injuries in the clinical care setting. The new online education program, developed by CPH‐NEW occupational ergonomics experts and faculty at the Solomont School of Nursing at UMass Lowell, offers 10 essential components of an effect...» Full Article
  • The Joint Commission (TJC)

    The Joint Commission (TJC) has a dedicated portal to share informative and useful resources regarding preventing workplace violence in healthcare settings.

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  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a series of guidelines and “roadmap” documents – many especially relevant to healthcare – to assist workplaces address the issue of violence

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  • The PatientCareLink MA Workplace Safety

    The PCL MA Workplace Safety page lists resources, current laws and regulations, as well as best practices for hospitals to use to craft their own workplace safety programs....» Full Article