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Friday, September 12 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
B017 Violence in the Workplace: Danger from the Inside – Danger from the Outside (Advanced)

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Topic Overview:

Violence in the Workplace. We hear about it every once in a while, yet it seems like it's happening more often. And, for every incident we hear or read about in the news, there are many other smaller incidents that occur across the country each day that we don't hear about. Employers have both legal and ethical responsibilities to maintain a safe work environment – for the patients, but also for the staff. Well over half of the employers in this country have no program or policy addressing workplace violence, and among those who have a policy, less than half address domestic violence. Workplace violence probably wouldn't or couldn't happen at your healthcare facility, right? Or, could it? Employers can be held liable for workplace violence when it can be shown that there was negligent hiring, negligent retention, negligent security, and/or inadequate safeguards to provide a “safe and healthful workplace.” As an occupational health professional, how can you help to minimize the potential for violence in employees?


Hospitals may face liability for workplace violence events. You want to be prepared! On September 8, 2011, OSHA issued the Compliance Directive “Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Incidents of Workplace Violence.” This comprehensive seminar will explore the statistics, the legal issues surrounding employment practices and what OSHA is doing to try to make your workplace safer for employees.



  1. Explain the comprehensive list of best practices outlined in OSHA’s Compliance Directive, CPL 02-01-052.
  2. Explain the importance of quality screening of potential employees by Human Resources.
  3. Describe the importance of supervisory training promoting frontline awareness of personality changes in employees, which may predict violent behaviors.
  4. Identify initiating legal strategies to address issues of disruptive behavior at any level, including a workable process to address disruptive behavior among staff members.

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Stephen A. Burt, MFA, BS

President, Healthcare Compliance Resources
Stephen A. Burt is President and CEO of Healthcare Compliance Resources, an affiliate of Woods Rogers Consulting, a company developing and delivering strategic solutions to today's healthcare regulatory compliance problems. From 1981 to 1994, as Corporate Director of Environmental Health for Carilion Healthcare System (Roanoke, VA), he was responsible for OSHA, EPA and Joint Commission compliance and was awarded the prestigious American... Read More →

Friday September 12, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Maurepas 3/F

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