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When working alone, health care and social service workers face a risk of violence for many reasons:
It is very important to acknowledge that there is a potential for violence to employees before an incident occurs. Employers should conduct a full assessment of the working conditions, locations, and staff safety. Information is also available in other OSH Answers documents:
If a patient becomes hostile during a procedure:
If you are concerned about the actions of a family member:
Before you go on a home visit, make sure that you are:
(Adapted from CCOHS Violence in the Workplace Prevention Guide)
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