Empower Safety at Work

Ensuring workplace safety resources for home health providers is paramount to maintaining a secure and healthy work environment. Home health providers face unique challenges as they navigate various settings while delivering care. By prioritizing these resources, organizations can empower home health providers to provide quality care while safeguarding their well-being.

Thank you to William C. Vail, Shareholder at Polsinelli, for helping to develop the following policies: Criminal Background Check Authorization Template Agreement/Contractual Language, Patient Criminal Background Check Policy Template, Involuntary Patient Discharge Policy Template, and Workplace Violence in Home Care Policy Template.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Workplace Safety

What about the use of Pepper Spray?
What about firearms?
Where do we find training?

What about the use of Pepper Spray?

NAHC strongly recommends caution related to providing or encouraging home-based workers to carry pepper spray or any similar liquid or spray deterrents. Pepper spray can easily be dislodged from someone’s hand during an altercation, potentially allowing the attacker to use it against the worker.

Pepper spray is typically used to incapacitate a person or animal during an assault or attack, providing an opportunity for the employee to escape the danger and leave the site. However, it’s important to note that the carrying and use of pepper spray may be subject to local or state laws, and it may be prohibited in some areas. Therefore, we recommend checking the local/state regulations regarding the carrying and use of pepper spray.

What about firearms?

Similar to pepper spray, we strongly discourage employees from carrying personal firearms into a patient’s space. There is a significant risk of accidental injury or harm to either the employee, the patient, or others present.

It’s also crucial for employees to be fully aware of the laws and regulations concerning firearms in their respective states. Laws regarding the possession and carrying of firearms vary widely, and it’s imperative to comply with these regulations to ensure the safety and well-being of all parties involved.

Where do we find training?

In addition to the resources contained on this page, individuals can explore various safety training resources such as:

  • Law Enforcement Agencies: Local law enforcement agencies often offer community programs and resources on personal safety, self-defense, and emergency preparedness. They may conduct workshops, seminars, or provide informational materials on safety practices.
  • Community Centers: Many community centers host safety workshops, self-defense classes, and emergency preparedness training. These programs may be offered by local organizations, martial arts schools, or in collaboration with law enforcement agencies.
  • Martial Arts Schools: Martial arts schools frequently offer self-defense classes and training programs tailored to different age groups and skill levels. These classes can provide valuable skills and techniques for personal safety and self-defense.
  • Online Resources: There are numerous online platforms and websites that offer safety training courses, instructional videos, and informational resources on various safety topics. These resources can be accessed conveniently from home and often cover a wide range of safety-related subjects.
  • Certified Instructors: Seeking guidance from certified instructors or trainers specializing in self-defense, martial arts, or safety training can be beneficial. They can offer personalized instruction and guidance based on individual needs and goals.
  • Local Community Events: Keep an eye out for safety fairs, community events, or workshops organized by local authorities, community groups, or nonprofit organizations. These events often feature presentations, demonstrations, and resources related to safety awareness and preparedness.

It’s essential to research and choose reputable sources for safety training and ensure that the content aligns with your organization’s needs and goals. Additionally, ongoing education and practice for workers to maintain proficiency in safety skills and techniques should be prioritized.