workplace violence

What is workplace violence?

Workplace violence is defined as “any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening, disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site.” It manifests itself in a variety of forms ranging from physical assault, verbal abuse, and even homicide. While it may seem as though this is a rare occurrence in the everyday work place, it is estimated that over two million American workers are the victims of this each year.

Who is at risk?

Anyone is at risk of being involved with workplace violence; however, it has been shown to be more prevalent in workers who exchange money with the public, delivery drivers, healthcare professionals, public service workers, customer service agents, law enforcement personnel, and those who work alone or in small groups.

How to prevent and protect

There are several ways employers and employees can work together in order to create the most safe work environment possible. Every employer should have a workplace violence prevention program in place and ensure that all employees understand and follow it. This includes providing safety education for each employee and encouraging employees to report any form of violence they may become the victim of or may witness taking place.

Having a written policy in place in the work site will give employees a clear view of what behavior is considered inappropriate and what to do when any incident may occur. This will prevent cases from going unreported due to lack of knowledge on how to handle the situation and will also prevent employers from having to worry about any unnecessary legal action.

How to get more information

Safety United has proven techniques on how to create the most effective safety culture within your workplace. We can come in to train and provide information to both employers and employees. Safety United also provides a Safety Ombudsman that employees can contact if they ever feel threatened in any way at the workplace.