Violence Prevention Programs

In response to concerns regarding increased risk of violence in healthcare settings, the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association (MHA) formed a Workplace Safety and Violence Prevention Workgroup composed of a diverse group of hospital staff including, but not limited to, healthcare security professionals, nursing leadership, and legal counsel.

The workgroup developed the following guidance to provide an understanding of the current best practices being used across Massachusetts hospitals with the goal of providing a framework for an effective healthcare violence prevention program. Such a program includes adopting a formal method for staff to report incidents of violence and for hospital management to review and analyze incidents, data, and trends to consider appropriate prevention efforts within and throughout the hospital’s properties.

Legislation is currently pending in the 2023/24 Session