Provider of Services to Inmates at Correctional Facilities to Implement Changes to Reduce Workplace Violence Hazards

 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
 

Corizon Health Inc., which provides medical, dental and mental-health services to inmates at correctional facilities nationwide, including the Rikers Island facility in New York City, will implement changes to reduce workplace violence hazards for employees at its locations.

Part of a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor, the changes resolve citations issued by the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In August 2014, OSHA cited Corizon for failing to develop and implement an effective program to prevent workplace violence for its Rikers Island employees. Corizon initially contested the citations, but has withdrawn that contest as part of the settlement agreement.

The agreement commits Corizon to adopting comprehensive and specific abatement measures at its facilities. These measures encompass safeguards contained in OSHA's "Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers*." In consultation with employees and unions, each location will develop the following:

  • A workplace violence prevention policy.
  • An incident reporting system.
  • Enhanced record-keeping procedures.
  • A workplace violence hazard assessment and prevention program.
  • Employee training.

The settlement also requires Corizon to appoint a senior official to oversee compliance with the settlement agreement and the Occupational Safety and Health Act; allow OSHA to conduct inspections to monitor compliance; and seek greater coordination with local departments of correction or similar agencies that work with Corizon facilities. The company will also pay a fine of $38,000. 

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

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