Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP)1 is offering an opportunity to a select group of hospitals to implement a workplace violence prevention program and evaluate its effectiveness. The cost of reacting after a serious incident has occurred is 100 times greater than taking preventive actions.2
This program provides solutions and tools to prevent workplace violence. It is expected to increase a culture of team safety, civility and helping behavior in addition to mitigating financial and reputational costs to the hospital due to workplace aggression. There is no cost to participate in this proposed federally funded project, however the program is limited to four-to-six hospitals.
Nan Yragui, Ph.D.
Occupational Health Research Psychologist
Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP)
1 SHARP research was created by the Washington State Legislature in 1990 to conduct research to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses and is located within the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. SHARP’s research activities are independent of both WISHA (Washington State’s OSHA Plan) and workers’ compensation claims management. By Washington law, all SHARP research-related information, data and results are confidential and are shared in summary report format only with the hospital where the research is conducted.
2 Nixon, W. B. (2004). The financial impact of workplace violence. Lake Forest, CA: National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence.