Prevention of Harassment and Violence

Emergency Strategic Clinical NetworkTM

The ESCN has prioritized worker safety in the ED/UCC workplace and partnered with multiple AHS stakeholders.

This is not a one-size-fits-all approach.

Efforts to address the rise in violence towards workers in the ED/UCC environment requires a multi-pronged approach to address this very complicated and sensitive issue.

This work aligns with Strategic Direction #3 of the ESCN Transformational Roadmap to improve the experience and safety of our people.


This initiative includes four elements:

  • Violence and Aggression Screening
    Providing better communication methods for identifying and mitigating risks for all care providers.
  • Environmental Scan
    Reviewing efforts in Alberta, Canada, the US, UK, and Australia to find what work has been done, what is effective, and what Alberta’s ED/UCCs can effectively implement and evaluate.
  • Training
    Reviewing training available to ED/UCC teams to better prepare them to respond to and limit risks.
  • Reporting
    Improving incident reporting and data collection to aid in addressing worker safety.