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.
2018 Workplace Safety Training Registration
This fall, the Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems will be conducting three in-person interactive workshops that focus on developing effective workplace violence prevention programs. Attendees will be provided with practical information and tools that will allows them to develop or enhance an existing WPV program at their facility.
Hospitals are encouraged to send small groups of staff who are or will be involved in development and management of WPV programs.
These attendees will participate in group-based work activities throughout the workshop with the goal of developing a draft WPV program plan for their facility.
Lynda Enos, RN, MS, COHN-S, CPE, author of the toolkit will conduct the workshops. These workshops are sponsored by the Oregon Association of Hospitals Research & Education Foundation.
The three trainings will take place around the state. The dates and locations are:
- Wednesday, September 19 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Location: Riverhouse on the Deschutes, 2850 NW Rippling River Ct, Bend, OR
- Tuesday, October 9 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Location: Oregon Medical Association, 1740 SW 68th Pkwy, Portland, OR
- Wednesday, November 14 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Location: PeaceHealth RiverBend Annex, 123 International Way, Springfield, OR
Registration for the Workplace Violence Prevention trainings is closed as the October and November workshops are at maximum capacity. If you have questions, please contact Nancy Hinrichsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- These workshops are intended for staff at Oregon hospitals only. Individuals not affiliated with an Oregon hospitals will not be able to attend the training.
- There is no registration fee to attend a training.
- Attendees only need to register for one workshop as each workshop is a repeat of the training.
- Continental breakfast with coffee and lunch will be provided.