Examine Workplace Safety Practices at Member Forum

Posted on April 27, 2018

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year, and unfortunately, many more cases go unreported. The impact of violence or the requirement to work in an unsafe environment will compromise a person’s physical and mental health.

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.

To help members prepare for the possibility of violent events occurring in their facilities, 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.

In the future, the MHA and the MHA Keystone Center will offer training in specific areas of workplace safety, particularly for clinical teams. This member forum is designed for members of the leadership team, including chief executive, medical and nursing officers and leaders in human resources and security.

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.

Tags: workplace violence, membership forum

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