Provided by: Three Sixty Safety
Preventing Workplace Violence
While shocking and tragic, it is unlikely that violence will end with this unfortunate event. Instead, it serves as a reminder of the possible consequences of unchecked violent behavior in the workplace. Anytime tempers flare or aggressive behavior is not addressed, the risk of violence increases.
It is our top priority to keep the workplace safe. However, violence in the workplace remains a serious safety and health issue. OSHA estimates that 2 million U.S. workers are victims to workplace violence each year.
Whether they come from a current or former employee, an unknown assailant, or as a result of domestic violence or personal problems, many incidents can be foreseen and averted. Through our Workplace Violence Prevention Program, we do not tolerate threats, bullying, harassment or any other form of violence.
Identifying Your Risk
Workplace violence can include actions or words that endanger or harm you, and cause you to believe that you may be in danger, including:
- Verbal or physical harassment
- Verbal or physical threats
- Assaults or other violence
- Any other behavior that causes you to feel unsafe (bullying or sexual harassment)
All threats should be taken seriously. You can reduce your odds of experiencing violence in the workplace with the following safety strategies:
- Become aware of and report violent or threatening behavior by co-workers or other warning signs.
- Follow procedures established by our Workplace Violence Prevention Program, including those for reporting incidents.
- Learn how to recognize, avoid or diffuse potentially violent situations by attending personal safety training programs.
- Alert supervisors to any concerns about safety or security, and report all incidents immediately in writing.
- Use the buddy system when traveling to unfamiliar locations or when you find yourself in unusual situations.
Always stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Make sure that you are effectively trained in conflict resolution and methods of handling potentially dangerous situations. Adhere to all of our policies to reduce your risk of being involved in dangerous situations that could result in physical violence.
This Safety Matters flyer is for general informational purposes only, and is not intended as medical or legal advice.