Workplace Violence Prevention


UCLA Health has implemented the Workplace Violence Prevention Program in accordance with Cal/OSHA §3342 - Violence Prevention in Healthcare regulation and The Joint Commission's Workplace Violence Prevention StandardsUCLA Health’s Workplace Violence Prevention Program is committed to providing a work environment that is free from harassment, violence, and threats of violence. Workplace violence includes any act of violence or threat of violence that occurs at the worksite. Acts or threats of violence, including intimidation, harassment or coercion, which affect UCLA Health or occur on UCLA Health property will not be tolerated. 

All UCLA Health staff are responsible for creating and maintaining a safe work environment. If you witness or experience violence or threats of violence while at work, take immediate precautions according to existing safety and security procedures, and report the incident as soon as possible using the SOFI incident reporting system.

What is workplace violence? 

Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. Examples include: 

  • Physical attack, including biting, choking, grabbing, hair pulling, kicking, punching, slapping, pushing, pulling, scratching, or spitting
  • Attack with a weapon or object, including a gun, knife, or other object
  • Threat of physical force or threat of the use of a weapon or other object
  • Sexual assault or threat, including rape/attempted rape, physical display, or unwanted verbal/physical sexual contact
  • Animal attack
  • Verbal threats
  • Physical posturing 
  • Discriminatory or sexually harassing statements, insults, name-calling, etc.

How to Report Workplace Violence incidents:

  1. Immediately contact Security, UCPD or local law enforcement.
  2. Immediately notify your supervisor or manager about the situation.
  3. Obtain medical treatment at your nearest Emergency Department, Occupational Health or designated medical provider.
  4. File an incident report via SOFI Event Reporting System.

Training and Support

Workplace Violence Prevention Program Contact Information

Ed Galvan
Workplace Violence Prevention Program Manager
Work Cell: (310) 962-9437  I  Office: (424) 259-9111  I  Pager: 91332
[email protected]  

Ronald Reagan Hospital dispatch: (310) 267-7100 / (310) 267-7109
Santa Monica Hospital dispatch: (424) 259-9100
Threat Assessment Team: (310) 267-7100

Resources and Support