Workplace Safety Initiative
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, health care and social assistance workers are nearly five times more likely to be injured and require time away from work as a result of workplace violence. Oregon's hospitals are committed to the safety of their workers and believe that no incidence of violence should be tolerated.
To help address this issue, OAHHS convened the Workplace Safety Initiative (WSI) Work Group in 2014 to find ways to collaboratively work on solutions.
Work group members included representatives from SEIU Local 49, the Oregon Nurses Association, and representatives from various OAHHS member hospitals in Oregon.
The goals of the WSI project are to:
Identify and implement evidence-based programs to reduce injuries from patient handling and workplace violence and foster sustainable cultural change.
Strengthen relationships with partner organizations around health care worker and patient safety issues.
Disseminate lessons learned and tools developed to all hospitals in Oregon to assist implementation of sustainable effective workplace safety programs.
To reach these goals, the group developed a pilot project working with Oregon hospitals. Five volunteer hospitals of varying sizes from across the state participated in the Workplace Violence project. The WPV pilot project with these pilot hospitals directly informed the materials in a comprehensive toolkit.