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The employer's policy does not constitute any illegal or criminal
act, as there is no law that prevents an employer from having a policy that is minimally invasive to the rights of the violent patient to protect the patient and employees and other patients from the violent patient. This is a policy issue, not a criminal matter. Unfortunately, if an employee is injured following policy, it is a claim under workers compensation, as employees who work in such facilities where violent patients are housed have to assume the risk that when working with violent patients these outbursts may occur. The laws in WA forbid permanent physical restraint, which would realistically be the only way to prevent the violent outbursts, so each facility must try to craft their policy in the best way they possibly can to try to protect everyone (including the violent patient's rights).
Unfortunately, you are going to have to work on crafting some better policy with the employer and not just pointing out the flaws in this policy based on the specific needs of your facility.
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