Violence in the workplace is a serious safety and health issue. Its most extreme form, homicide, is the third-leading cause of fatal occupational injury in the United States. Workplace violence can strike anywhere. However, some workers are at increased risk, such as those who:
- Work with cash
- Deliver passengers, goods, or services.
- Work alone or in small groups.
- Work during late night or early morning hours.
- Work in high-crime areas.
- Work in community settings and homes where they have extensive contact with the public.
If you observe an incident of workplace violence:
- Do not attempt to confront or stop the perpetrator.
- Quietly move out of the area and signal others to follow.
- Call 911 from a safe area.
- Call the Management Office from a safe area.
- Alert supervisors and individuals working on the floor and ask them to move out of the office to a safe location until the local authorities have the situation under control.
For more information on workplace violence, please reference the following web sites:
- http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/workplaceviolence/index.html (opens in new window)
- https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/default.html (opens in new window)