Over the past year, OSHA has increased its focus on the topical issue of workplace violence, including an April 2015 guidance1 regarding preventing violence in healthcare and social services.
In early 2016, OSHA intends to issue a new directive to train OSHA inspectors how to investigate workplace violence when inspectors visit a site.
As a result of the new directive, employers may see an increase in workplace violence related citations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s General Duty Clause. Currently, only a very few citations have been issued for workplace violence related violations. However, the increased training on this issue could likely result in greater enforcement.