Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Workplace Violence

There are an estimated 1.7 million incidents of non-fatal workplace violence reported each year. Many of these are in convenience stores and hospitals, but no workplace is immune from such violence. From 2000 to 2010, more than 500 work-related homicides occurred each year. This violence costs an estimated $121 billion each year in the U.S. Costs could include lost productivity, counseling, contract/sales losses, cleaning and refurbishing, increased insurance costs, lawsuits and settlements, and more. If workplace violence isn’t on your radar, perhaps it should be.

Workplace violence can and does happen anywhere – are you prepared? (Item #1) Here is comprehensive information for employers on all aspects of workplace violence. (Item #2) Physical violence isn’t the only form in the workplace; here are some tips on preventing injury in many forms. (Item #3)

Does your incident management plan cover everything it needs to in order to address the potential sources of workplace violence? (Item #4) Employees may recognize potential violence but won’t tell you; why not? (Item #5) If you’re ever in a situation with an active shooter, this article can help you figure out what to do. (Item #6)

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