March 28, 2018 - April will be the 6th annual Workplace Violence Awareness Month. According to workplaceviolenceawareness.org, workplace violence is a serious recognized occupational hazard, ranking among the top four causes of death in workplaces during the past 15 years. Additional BLS data indicate that an average of more than 15,000 nonfatal workplace injury cases was reported annually during this time. Remember that planning is the key to prevention. What's your plan to help prevent violence in your workplace?
According to the FBI, "Employers have a legal and ethical obligation to promote a work environment free from threats and violence." Additionally, the Society for Human Resource Management points out that there are economic costs employers face as a result of workplace violence.
Workplace violence typically falls into one of four categories, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Specific workplaces are at risk for different types of violence, so identifying the type your company is most at risk for can help with planning.
Nearly two million U.S. workers will become victims of workplace violence each year. are the latest workplace violence statistics broken down by incident demographics, reasons, financial burdens, and a closer look at active shooter statistics in the workplace.
Those who study workplace violence know that there is a psychological profile of someone who is likely to commit an act of violence. Every business owner should know and understand the signs. A combination of a few (or more) of the following behaviors should be reason for concern.
Workplace violence rarely begins with the violent act. The act is the culmination of several stages of aggressive behavior. The better attuned you are to identifying these stages and responding appropriately, the greater the likelihood of defusing a potentially dangerous situation.
While it's impossible to list all of the things you may need to do by way of responding to an act of violence in the workplace, the following checklist covers a number of post-incident issues that you may want to include in your response plan.
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