Workplace Violence Assessment

Identification, Training and Reporting

Workplace violence includes any type of conduct (written, verbal or physical) that communicates a direct or indirect threat of harm, causes a reasonable person to fear violence and/or impairs the ability of OHSU members to perform their duties.  Any incident in which an individual is assaulted, injured, intimidated, bullied, threatened, harassed or stalked is unacceptable at OHSU.  

If violence is taking place now or when violence appears to be likely:

  • On Marquam Hill or at the South Waterfront, call Public Safety at 503 494-4444 and request that "Dr. Strong" come to your area. Tell the dispatcher the exact location. Stay on the line if it is safe to do so. Get yourself and your co-workers to safety.
  • At West Campus call 9-911. Get yourself and your co-workers to safety.

Public Safety can provide an assessment of your work area for workplace violence hazards. To schedule an appointment, call Dispatch at 503 494-7744 and ask for the Community Safety Coordinator or designee.

Early reporting of potential unsafe situations can be key to preventing a tragedy. Develop skills to recognize and avoid dangerous situations.  Workplace violence prevention training as well as safety planning is available to all OHSU community members.  Safety planning will be based on your needs and may include referrals to protective orders and/or enforcement of those protective orders.

Threat Assessment

OHSU has a multi-disciplinary threat assessment team (TAT) which combines efforts, manpower, knowledge and resources of various OHSU departments while working for early intervention to de-escalate any potentially violent situation.  The team works to balance confidentiality and the need to know, the right to privacy and the need to protect the OHSU community while working to prevent acts of violence and allow affected individuals to remain functional members of the work force whenever possible.  This is a dynamic process which is evidence based where specific behaviors and situational factors are used to determine level of threat, safety planning and how to help mitigate a potential threat.

OHSU community members who observe, experience, or become aware of threats that constitute actual or potential workplace violence, or any potential threat of violence, shall report the information immediately to the Department of Public Safety by calling Dispatch at 503-494-7744 and ask to speak with an officer who will gather facts and triage the threat or potential threat and activate the TAT when appropriate.