This section may be used to assist employers that have programs in the community, Social Service Workers and/or resident programs. A critical starting point is to establish a process that includes the stakeholders in your organization, reviewing requirements in the law and draft regulations, evaluating existing agency programs, and then working to address gaps identified in the review. This guide may be adapted to fit the needs of your organization and by type of employee. The goal of this tool is to assist employers with building a program that complies with the law and beyond that, reduce injuries, costs and associated negative impacts on your organization that are caused by workplace violence.

The guide is a tool to help in tailoring programs to the actual needs and conditions of your organization. Different interventions should be developed based on the type of work that is being performed and the type of exposures that are experienced. Conducting a comprehensive risk assessment, with input from those at risk, is critical to developing an effective Workplace Violence Prevention Plan (WVPP).

This guide was developed based on information provided by OSHA along with the many people that contributed to these guidelines. They include retail, law enforcement, manufacturing, military, health care, social service and employee assistance experts, researches; educators and other stakeholders; OSHA professionals; and the National Institute for Occupational Safety Health (NIOSH).

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