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Review workplace violence prevention programs against new TJC standards

Take another look at your workplace violence prevention (WVP) policies and procedures now that The Joint Commission (TJC) has formally published new and revised standards that will be effective January 1, 2022.

Not unexpectedly, the new WVP requirements require a workplace analysis, staff education and training, and a designated leader to oversee creation of policies, implementation of the program, analysis of reported incidents, and reports to the hospital governing body.

The new Leadership WVP element of performance (EP) under standard LD.03.01.01 also requires the designated leader to ensure that someone follows up with workplace violence victims and witnesses and provides them with support if necessary, including trauma and psychological counseling.

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