Workplace Violence

Identification, Training and Reporting

OHSU policy defines workplace violence as 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 dial 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 our dispatch center 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. 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.

Recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations.
Be prepared. If you see something, say something.

Who to call in an emergency and how to report a crime