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What Is Workplace Violence?

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Workplace violence is defined as violence or the threat of violence against workers. The violence or threat can occur at or outside the workplace and can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide, one of the leading causes of job-related deaths. No matter how it comes about, violence in the workplace is a growing concern for employers and employees across the nation.

Workplace violence can strike anywhere and at anytime. There are some professions that are at increased risk. Among them are workers who exchange money with the public; deliver passengers, goods, or services; or work alone or in small groups, during late night or early morning hours, or high crime areas. Other groups that are considered more vulnerable are health-care and social service workers; gas and water utility employees, workers that install phone and cable equipment, letter carriers, retail worker and taxi drivers.

There are measures that employers can take to help protect employees. Employers should implement a zero-tolerance policy towards violence in the workplace to safe guard employees. An employer should establish a workplace violence prevention program that is included in the employee manual of standard operating procedures. Additional protections to include are: safety education for employees; ensure a secure workplace; limit amount of cash on hand (if applicable); equip field staff with cell phones, hand-held alarms or noise devices; instruct employees not to enter a location where they feel unsafe or threatened.

Nothing can guarantee that an employee will not become a victim of workplace violence. While we hope that situation does not occur, there are ways employees can protect themselves as well. Learn how to recognize, avoid, or diffuse potential violent situations through safety training meetings; alert supervisors to any concerns and report incidents immediately; avoid traveling alone whenever possible; carry minimal money and required identification into community settings (high-crime areas).

Safety Training Resources has developed a Violence Prevention Training Program along with a Workplace Threat Assessment to help you identify and evaluate workplace security hazards and possible threats. Contact us at 314-808-3502 for a no-fee consultation.