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IAHSS Announces New Guideline - Threat Management

Wednesday, March 7, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Paige Bennett
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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


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.
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