Preventing Violence in Health Care: Five Steps to an Effective Program


The purpose of this handbook is to help healthcare organizations such as hospitals, long term care facilities, group homes, public health units, dental or medical facilities, and community settings to develop, implement and maintain effective workplace violence prevention programs or to improve existing programs by presenting a generic development model and associated resources.


Step-by-step model for developing or improving a violence prevention program:

  • Step 1: Establishing a violence prevention working group and enlisting support
  • Step 2: Conducting a risk assessment
  • Step 3: Developing and implementing control measures
  • Step 4: Providing education and training
  • Step 5: Conducting an annual review

Appendices include background information, checklist, sample forms, and resources to assist those involved in program development or review.

Contact Person/Organization: 

 Workers’ Compensation Board of B.C.

Type of Tool:

Publication Date: 

The Hard Truth: Bullying and Workplace Violence in Health Care

Health Care Injuries: Worse than You Think

Workplace violence prevention in health care settings