• OSHA - Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Workplace Violence Incidents

    Wednesday May 30, 2012

    The purpose of Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Workplace Violence Incidents is to provide general policies and procedures that apply when workplace violence is identified as a hazard while conducting an inspection under a national, regional or local emphasis program and when responding to incidents of workplace violence, especially when conducting inspections at worksites in industries with a high incidence of workplace violence.  

    Workplace violence is recognized as an occupational hazard in some industries and environments which, like other safety issues, can be avoided or minimized if employers take appropriate precautions. At the same time, it continues to negatively impact the American workforce. Workplace violence has remained among the top four causes of death at work for over fifteen years, and it impacts thousands of workers and their families annually.  

    Research has identified factors that may increase the risk of violence at worksites. Such factors include working with the public or volatile, unstable people. Working alone or in isolated areas may also contribute to the potential for violence. Handling money and valuables, providing services and care, and working where alcohol is served may also impact the likelihood of violence. Additionally, time of day and location of work, such as working late at night or in areas with high crime rates, are also risk factors that should be considered when addressing issues of workplace violence.

    Click the link below for the complete report:

    Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Workplace Violence Incidents

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