09/29/2011

Compliance directive to address workplace violence

The US American Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a
new directive, Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Incidents
of Workplace Violence, that establishes uniform procedures for OSHA field staff
for responding to incidents and complaints of workplace violence and conducting
inspections in industries considered vulnerable to workplace violence, such as
healthcare and social service settings, and late-night retail establishments.
Workplace violence is a serious recognized occupational hazard, ranking among
the top four causes of death in workplaces.

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.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration