Workplace violence prevention
A study conducted by the
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in 2012 as part of the statewide Adverse
Health Events reporting system found that patient/visitor violence toward staff
was a concern at Minnesota health care facilities.
In 2015, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law that hospitals must design and implement preparedness and incident response plans for action of violence that occur on their premises, and provide training for employees. Hospitals must have preparedness and incident response plans in place as of Jan. 15, 2016.
There are many tools available to assist your hospital in this process. A public-private coalition of health care stakeholders, which included MHA and MDH, formed to prevent workplace violence toward staff in health care settings and to provide resources to hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and other facilities to help identify risks for violence and put effective strategies in place. This stakeholder group prepared a gap analysis on work place violence prevention. While not statutorily required in the development of a hospital's initial preparedness plan, completion of the gap analysis, along with a related action plan to begin addressing identified gaps, meet the letter and spirit of the law for the Jan. 15, 2016 deadline for completion.
MDH has also produced a fact sheet on the workplace violence prevention law.