The health care community experiences workplace violence like any other industry pushing efforts to provide a safe and secure place for patients, visitors and staff members. Attention is shifting from acute areas like the
Emergency Department to campus-wide prevention, response and recovery strategies.
The Florida Hospital Association formed the Workplace Violence Task Force in 2011 addressing workplace violence across Florida's health care community. The purpose of the Task Force is to help make Florida's hospitals and health system safer for the community and employees by reducing the incidence of workplace violence through: defining workplace violence; advocating for controls to help reduce violent behavior; providing education about workplace violence recognition, prevention and response; and, by encouraging the reporting of violent behavior.
If you would like more information about the Workplace Violence Task Force, information in this tool kit or have information to share about your organization's actions addressing workplace violence, please contact John Wilgis, Director, Emergency Management Services at (407) 841-6230.