Occupational Safety and
U.S. Department of Labor
Summary from "Guidelines
for Preventing Workplace Violence for Health Care and Social Workers"
OSHA 3148-01R 2004
a workplace security analysis
A workplace analysis
involves a step-by-step, commonsense look at the workplace to find existing
or potential hazards for workplace violence. This entails reviewing specific
procedures or operations that contribute to hazards and specific areas where
hazards may develop.
To find areas requiring
further evaluation, the team or coordinator should:
including the characteristics of assailants and victims, and account of
what happened before and during the incident, and the relevant details of
the situation and its outcome. Then possible, obtain police reports and
- Identify jobs or locations with
the greatest risk of violence as well as processes and procedures that put
employees at risk of assault, including how often and when.
- Note high-risk factors such as
types of clients or patients (for example, those with psychiatric conditions
or who are disoriented by drugs, alcohol or stress); physical risk factors
related to building layout or design; isolated locations or job activities;
lighting problems; lack of phones and other communication devices; areas of
easy, unsecured access; and areas with previous security problems.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of
existing security measures, including engineering controls. Determine if risk
factors have been reduced or eliminated and take appropriate action.
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