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IAHSS Announces New Guideline - Threat Management

Tuesday, March 6, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Colleen Kucera
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IAHSS Announces New Industry Guideline Titled "Threat Management".            

The International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS) announces the release of a new industry guideline titled “Threat Management” under the category of “Violence in Healthcare”.  The guideline was initially developed by the IAHSS Council on Guidelines who then sought out and incorporated feedback from the IAHSS membership, the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and the American Hospital Association (AHA).

Tom Smith, Chair of the IAHSS Council on Guidelines, stated, “Implementing the intent of this guideline will be one of the least expensive and effective steps an organization can take to reduce the likelihood of violence. The Threat Management Guideline establishes a framework for healthcare organizations to proactively identify and manage threats of violence. Input from our colleagues at the AHA and ENA helped us enhance the quality and value of the final product.” 

The guideline opens with the statement that “Healthcare Facilities should establish a process and multi-disciplinary team to identify, assess, validate, mitigate and respond to threats of violence or other behaviors of concern.” IAHSS guidelines are intended to assist healthcare administrators in fulfilling their obligation to provide a safe, secure and welcoming environment, while carrying out the mission of their organizations.

The IAHSS Council on Guidelines is comprised of volunteer IAHSS members who are seasoned healthcare security professionals and leaders. Each year the Council on Guidelines develops new industry guidelines and reviews existing guidelines on a three-year cycle.  All IAHSS guidelines are available electronically to IAHSS members via the IAHSS website.  Hardcopies of the guidelines booklet are published annually and available for sale in the IAHSS online store.  The new guideline, “Threat Management”, can be accessed by the public for a limited time at  

About IAHSS 

The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) is the only organization solely dedicated to professionals involved in managing and directing security and safety programs in healthcare facilities. IAHSS is a professional association with more than 2,000 members who are healthcare security, law enforcement, safety and emergency management leaders.  For fifty years, IAHSS has educated and served members and the profession by offering exclusive resources and benefits including industry and design guidelines, local and international educational and networking opportunities, and the celebrated bi-annual Journal of Healthcare Protection Management.  IAHSS has certified tens of thousands of dedicated professionals who keep healthcare facilities, patients, staff and visitors safe. IAHSS offers the Basic, Advanced and Supervisor certifications, a Safety Certificate Program, and maintains the prestigious Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA) certification, the standard for the healthcare security leader dedicated to the profession.  Learn more at  

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