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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.

Workplace Violence Prevention Toolkit

This comprehesive toolkit, authored by Lynda Enos, RN, BSN, MS, COHN-S, CPE, will assist health care leadership and violence prevention committees and other stakeholders to:
  • Evaluate the workplace violence program and individual violence prevention practices at their facility or within their organization, against current best practices in violence prevention.
  • Identify and engage stakeholders and enhance the culture of worker and patient safety.
  • Develop or strengthen their workplace violence program and policy by identifying process that can be implemented to manage or control violence, and can address the risk of violence proactively.

DOWNLOAD FULL PDF (Narrative only)

The toolkit has been endorsed by:

Individual Sections & Tools

Workplace Violence Prevention Sections  TOOLS
Section 1:
Understanding Workplace Safety

Section 2: Getting Started

Section 3: Hazard Identification and Assessment 

Section 4: Developing the WPV Program 

Section 5: Hazard Abatement 

Section 6: Education and Training 

Section 7: Implementing the WPV Program 

Section 8: Evaluating the WPV Program 

Section 9: Sustaining the WPV Program 

Section 10: Additional Resources 

For more information regarding the Workplace Safety Initiative, please contact Katie Harris at or 503-479-6027.

Internet Citation: Workplace Violence in Healthcare: A Toolkit for Prevention and Management. Content last reviewed December 2017.  Oregon Association of Hospitals Research & Education Foundation, Lake Oswego, OR.

Reproduction and Use of Materials

Permission is granted to use such copyrighted material solely for non-commercial, instructional, personal, or scholarly purposes. The material may be used and incorporated into other workplace safety and health programs on the condition that no fee may be charged for the subsequent use or adaptation of the material. Use of the material for any other purpose, particularly commercial use, without the prior, express written permission of the copyright owner/s is prohibited.

For organization and entities that are not hospitals in Oregon, it is requested that you notify the Oregon Association of Hospitals Research and Education Foundation (email Katie Harris at prior to using the copyrighted materials.
Internet Citation: 
Workplace Violence in Health Care: A Toolkit for Prevention and Management. Content last reviewed December 2017.  Oregon Association of Hospitals Research & Education Foundation, Lake Oswego, OR.