Reducing the risk of violence in the workplace.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Workplace violence (Management)
Pub Date: 02/01/2009
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Feb, 2009 Source Volume: 15 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics Computer Subject: Company business management
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 194904185
Full Text: A guide to reducing the risk of workplace violence in the health and community care sectors has been released by the Department of Labour and the Counties Manukau District Health Board (DHB).

Called Managing the Risk of Workplace Violence to Healthcare and Community Service Providers, the guide has been a joint project between the two organisations. It aims to provide practical advice to employers to help them reduce the risk of harm to staff, while also ensuring patients receive the best possible care.

It includes a range of tools to help employers and service providers assess the risk of violence, along with some practical guidance to help manage that risk. It describes the nature of the problem and causative factors, and offers staff training suggestions.

Chief instigator of the guideline, occupational health physician at Counties Manukau DHB, Chris Walls, said violence in the health sector had a huge cost in lost productivity. "Workers, many of them nurses, often have to take time the psychological impacts are often severe and long lasting. Incidents of violence (or the threat of them) often lead workers to leave the sector, making it difficult for employers to find and retain qualified staff."

The publication, described as "a living document", is on the Department of Labour and Counties-Manukau DHB websites (www.dol.govt. nz or, with a provision for feedback to the DHB.
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