Nearly 80 MHA members attended the MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative’s April 27 webinar, Mitigating Violence Amid COVID-19. The event provided an overview of ways to implement workplace violence prevention programs despite the disruption to previous efforts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the pandemic surfaced, organizational approaches to designing and implementing workplace violence prevention programs have changed considerably. New challenges affect factors such as personal protective equipment, including its usage and related policies; behavioral health screenings and de-escalation tactics.
Ken Smith, CHSP, CIE, CHCM, healthcare safety specialist at Healthcare Safety Services, presented strategies for effective workplace violence prevention efforts taking the COVID-19 implications into account. One key takeaway is the emphasis on comprehensive and instantaneous communication channels among staff organizationwide.
Members with questions about this event may contact the MHA Keystone Center.