Workplace safety policies in mental health settings

Tony B. Lowe, Wynne S. Korr

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Social workers have repeatedly called for increased safety practices as a means of preventing and reducing client-related violence in the field. The present article investigated mental health service agencies' adherence to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (NIOSHA) administrative and work practice policy guidelines to prevent workplace violence for health care and social service workers. A random sample of National Association of Social Workers members (N = 181) who were current or former supervisors in mental health settings were surveyed. The findings suggest that there are variations in compliance with recommended policy/protocols for worker safety. Implications for practice, policy, and research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-47
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Workplace Behavioral Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008


  • Mental health and policy practices
  • Social workers
  • Supervisors
  • Workplace violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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