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Workplace Violence Prevention

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other disruptive behavior that occurs on the job. 
No organization is immune to the risk of workplace violence. However, identifying the common causes can help prevent such violence from happening and ensure everyone’s safety. 

There can be many reasons as to why someone becomes violent in the workplace. Here are some potential causes: 

  • Financial hardship
  •  Excess stress or fatigue
  •  The recent loss of a family member or friend

To keep yourself and your co-workers safe from the threat of workplace violence, consider the following guidance: 

  •  Follow all workplace security measures.  
  • Be familiar with the organization’s workplace violence policies and practices. 
  • Be aware of the warning signs for potential violence among fellow employees or customers. Such signs include:
    • Screaming or yelling
    • Clenching fists or pointing fingers
    • Slamming or throwing objects
    • Shaking or trembling 
  • Immediately report all incidents of aggressive or suspicious behavior to your supervisor. 
  •  Treat all threats seriously.

By following these practices, you can play your part in promoting a safe work environment.