The Four Most Common Types of Workplace Violence

Does your organization know and understand the different categories of workplace violence?
Published: July 9, 2014

Campus Safety‘s article “Understanding Healthcare Security and OSHA’s Role” covers a lot of topics, including workplace violence.

So, what is workplace violence? Broadly defined, it concerns any act of violence in which a company employee is involved. Additionally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) notes that healthcare and social service are the top high-risk industries for workplace violence.

So, how can hospitals, as well as colleges and universities, build a successful workplace prevention program? First, administrators need to know what to look out for.

Listed below are the four most common types of workplace violence:

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  • Criminal intent: Violent acts by people who enter the workplace to commit a robbery or other crime; or current or former employees who enter the workplace with the intent to commit a crime
  • Customer/client/patients: Violence directed at employees by customers, clients, patients, students, inmates or any others to whom the employer provides a service
  • Co-worker: Violence against co-workers, supervisors or managers by a current or former employee, supervisor or manager
  • Personal: Violence in the workplace by someone who does not work there, but who is known to, or has a personal relationship with, an employee (such as a domestic partner).

What has your organization done to prevent violence in the workplace? What has made the program successful? Leave your comments below.

Source: OSHA

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