OSHA’s Barab says workplace violence remains a dangerous problem

Agency will continue its efforts to improve safety of VA hospital and health care workers

Posted March 7, 2016

Deputy Assistant Secretary Jordan Barab provided the keynote address at a national conference of Veterans Administration hospital workers in Las Vegas last week.

The conference, held by the American Federation of Government Employees, brought together representatives and partners of the host organizations to update and educate them on key and emerging occupational safety and health issues.

Barab highlighted OSHA's ongoing work with VA hospitals and other health care facilities to combat workplace violence, including the release last year of Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers.

He also discussed the agency’s efforts to ensure that OSHA inspectors have the resources, training, and tools necessary to conduct inspections in response to workplace violence.

“Care of our nation's veterans is a national priority, but we also have to look out for the health and safety those who care for them,” Barab told the conference attendees. “Workplace violence remains a difficult and dangerous problem, particularly for those in health care settings.”

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