|Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer|
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Workplace Violence Gains Formal OSHA Investigation Procedures
Healthcare and Social Service Settings
This category covers a broad spectrum of workers who provide healthcare and social services in psychiatric facilities, hospital emergency departments, community mental health clinics, drug abuse treatment clinics, pharmacies, community-care facilities, residential facilities and long-term care facilities. Workers in these fields include physicians, registered nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants, nurses’ aides, therapists, technicians, public health nurses, healthcare workers, social and welfare workers, security personnel, maintenance personnel and emergency medical care personnel.
Late-Night Retail Settings
This includes entities such as convenience stores, liquor stores and gas stations. Factors that put late-night retail employees at risk include the exchange of money, twenty-four hour operation, solo work, isolated worksites, the sale of alcohol and poorly-lit stores and parking areas.In determining whether to conduct an investigation, OSHA personnel are to take into consideration known risk factors as identified by NIOSH; whether it is in one of the high risk industries identified by OSHA (see above) and whether feasible abatement methods exist to address the hazard(s).
There is no specific violence in the workplace standard, but there is the general duty clause, and the Directive mentions some other standards that might come into play: