The recent fatal shooting of a nursing assistant at Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University Hospital was a stark reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic is not the healthcare industry’s sole challenge. In fact, according to the OSHA, about 75% of nearly 25,000 US workplace assaults reported annually occur in healthcare settings. Beginning in 2022, Joint Commission-accredited hospitals will need to abide by new workplace violence prevention requirements. Telgian Engineering & Consulting security expert Lauris Freidenfelds recently weighed in with The Philadelphia Inquirer on this crucial topic in the article “Jefferson shooting is the latest example of workplace violence in health care.”
Freidenfelds has 40+ years of security industry experience which includes extensive knowledge of operational security, technology and emergency management programs. As a former director of security and emergency preparedness for a major metropolitan healthcare system, he has direct experience with emergency management personnel and operations in a healthcare setting. His expertise includes planning and organizing, as well as directing security programs and activities.
Freidenfelds is frequently called upon to share his knowledge with industry-leading security publications. In addition to “Jefferson shooting is the latest example of workplace violence in health care” for The Philadelphia Inquirer, his other recent healthcare security articles include “Preparing For Events That Could Require Evacuations” for the Journal of Healthcare Protection Management, “Healthcare security: Why developing a drone use policy is essential” for Healthcare Facilities Today and “Prioritizing Workplace Violence Prevention” for Risk Management magazine.
In addition, as a sought-after speaker and instructor, Freidenfelds conducts a variety of security training seminars and workshops across the country, as well as webinars, sharing his knowledge of proven best security practices and innovative security solutions. Examples of recent presentations include state-of-the-art security technology options for “Visitor Management in a Healthcare Environment at GSXPLUS, a “Workplace Violence Legal and Liability Issues” workshop for ASIS, and a Fire Smarts online training opportunity entitled “Security Door Control Systems Fundamentals.”
To learn more about workplace violence prevention in healthcare settings, click “Jefferson shooting is the latest example of workplace violence in health care.”
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