Working in corrections facilities is a demanding job, and staff members face unique health and safety risks. Health risks include exposure to infectious diseases and asbestos. Mental health is also affected, with high rates of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD. Safety risks involve violence and the use of force from inmates, along with poor working conditions.
Mitigating these risks is vital. Strategies include implementing safety policies, providing training and education, conducting hazard assessments, enhancing infection control measures, and offering mental health support.
Prioritizing staff health and safety is essential in corrections facilities, leading to a safer, healthier work environment for staff members and inmates.