An examination of WorkSafe Victoria guidance materials related to occupational violence and aggression

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Worksafe Victoria are legally mandated to oversee and manage occupational health and safety requirements in this State. This includes the publication of guidance material for employers and workers on all matters relating to safer work practices and work environments.
This report provides an evaluation of specific guidance materials produced by WorkSafe Victoria in relation to the prevention and management of occupational violence in the healthcare sector. The report presents an evaluation of the adequacy of the guidance material in terms of the sufficiency of detail, and suitability for the health sector. It also provides comment in relation to conformity with Occupational Health and Safety requirements as outlined in the Victorian legislation. The evaluation has been completed utilising existing evidence.
The report finds that the present WorkSafe Victoria material does provide direction and assistance to employers and workers in relation to assessment and management of environmental risks, assessment and management of work practices risks, violence prevention policies, education of staff, and management of violent incidents. Guidance materials produced by WorkSafe Victoria broadly align with existing evidence, however, some disparities have been identified. The guidance material is lacking sufficient detail in certain areas. In addition, selected practices in Victorian health services fall outside the existing guidance. In this report, specific recommendations have been made in relation to each section discussed, where it was deemed beneficial in the development of future guidance materials. The recommendations follow this executive summary.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationClayton Vic Australia
PublisherMonash University
Commissioning bodyInstitute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR)
Number of pages105
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

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