New Member Forum Will Address Workplace Safety
Posted on April 05, 2018
The words workplace violence are most often associated with an active shooter situation, but the vast majority of violent episodes in hospitals occur among patients or families and healthcare workers. No matter the circumstance, only effective strategies for reducing violence, like perpetrator restraint, rapid intervention teams and de-escalation, can prevent the physical and emotional harm resulting from violence.
The role of healthcare organization leaders in reducing workplace violence is to ensure risk assessment and emergency planning are thorough, policies and procedures are established and followed, internal and external communication is developed and implemented, and budgeting and staffing are appropriate. It is also important to learn from organizations that have experienced crisis incidents. They can describe the most surprising and challenging parts of handling a crisis situation and approaches to alleviate them.
The MHA will host a workplace safety member forum from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. May 22 at the Central Michigan University College of Medicine, Saginaw, located near the Covenant HealthCare campus. Members may also participate virtually. Participants will hear about the active shooter incident that occurred last fall at Covenant HealthCare, how the Covenant employees were prepared, and what the safety team learned post-incident that can only be discovered through a real situation. Following the case study, experts in risk management and security will outline activities the executive team must perform to effectively assess risk, mitigate threats, communicate and train employees.
Members must register for the forum and select the option of attending in person or virtually. There is no registration fee for this event. On-site attendance is limited and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions about the member forum should be directed to Erin Steward at the MHA. Questions about registration should be directed to Andrea Duguay at the MHA.
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