These guidelines are aimed at persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) in the health and disability support sector, to inform them of their duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA).

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Violence in the health and disability sector – Guidance for PCBUs (PDF 1.5 MB)

Managing the risk of violent behaviour includes duties of support and care for patients/clients as well as workers. Control measures cannot be at the expense of either worker safety or patient access to healthcare.

These guidelines include:

  • an explanation of how the risk of violent behaviour fits into health and safety legislation
  • a PLAN-DO-CHECK-ACT approach to worker safety in the context of violent behaviour.