Preventing workplace violence

19 March 2008

There is not a specific OSHA standard for workplace violence, but the General Duty Clause requires employers to provide a safe and healthful workplace for all workers covered by the OSHA Act. Employers who do not take reasonable steps to prevent or abate a recognized hazard of violence in the workplace can be cited.

Workplace violence is a growing concern for employers and employees across the nation.

What is workplace violence? It is violence or the threat of violence against workers. Nearly two million workers each year are victims of workplace violence. It can happen at or outside the workplace ranging from verbal threats, physical assault or homicide. Workplace violence is now one of the leading causes of job-related deaths. All businesses are vulnerable, and it can strike anywhere and no employer or employee is immune.act

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