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Violence in the Workplace
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This topic covers violence in the workplace, which is consistently one of the leading causes of job-related injuries and fatalities. Workplace violence laws address issues including the use and possession of guns and other weapons in the workplace, stalking, harassment, and domestic violence in the workplace. OSHA does not currently have a federal standard for workplace violence, but employers nevertheless have a duty to take appropriate measures to prevent violent behavior under the General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. In addition, several states have enacted laws that specifically address workplace violence.

Effective violence-prevention measures include zero-tolerance policies; consistent response standards for employees; training and education; and post-incident response procedures for employers, including addressing trauma and providing access to counseling if necessary.

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Guidance Documents Active Shooter in the Workplace: Respond with a Survivor's Mindset and Reduce the Risk of Devastating Consequences  National
Guidance Documents Active Shooter in the Workplace: Respond with a Survivor's Mindset and Reduce the Risk of Devastating Consequences  National
Case Studies Are You Responsible for Injuries Caused When One Employee Attacks Another?  National
Training Tips Be Aware of the Warning Signs of Workplace Violence  National
Handouts Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building (PDF)  National
Training Exercises Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building (PDF)  National
Training Exercises Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building (PDF)  National
Speaker's Notes Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building (PDF)  National
PowerPoints Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building (PPT)  National
Quizzes Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building (Word)  National
Trainer's Guides Conflict Resoulution and Consensus Building (PDF)  National
How-To Guides Dealing with Violence In the Workplace  National
Policies Domestic Violence  National
Forms Emergency Contact Information  National
Forms Employee Security Survey  National
Directives Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Workplace Violence Incidents [CPL 02-01-052] 09/08/2011National
Guidance Documents Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers  National
Interpretations Guidelines for Workplace Violence Prevention Programs for Night Retail Establishments. 10/23/1996National
Case Studies How Seriously Should You Take Threats of Violence on the Job?  National
Forms Incident Report  National
Case Studies Is the Company at Fault When a Customer Attacks an Employee?  National
Questions & Answers Is there a regulatory requirement for employers to conduct training on workplace violence? 03/28/2012National
Training Tips Keep CSI on TV  National
Interpretations OSHA policy regarding violent employee behavior. 12/10/1992National
Cartoons People Skills (JPG)  National
Handouts Preventing Violence in the Workplace (PDF) [OSHA Training System]  National
Quizzes Preventing Violence in the Workplace (PDF) [OSHA Training System]  National
Trainer's Outlines Preventing Violence in the Workplace (PDF) [OSHA Training System] (long outline)  National
Handouts Preventing Workplace Violence (PDF)  National
Quizzes Preventing Workplace Violence (PDF)  National
Handouts Preventing Workplace Violence (PDF)  National
Quizzes Preventing Workplace Violence (PDF)  National
Handouts Preventing Workplace Violence (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines Preventing Workplace Violence (PDF) [OSHA Training System] (long outline)  National
Trainer's Outlines Preventing Workplace Violence (PDF) [Safety Audit Checklists]  National
Meetings Preventing Workplace Violence (Word)  National
Quizzes Preventing Workplace Violence Quiz (Word)  National
Audio Presentations Preventing Workplace Violence: What Employees Need to Know  National
Guidance Documents Recommendations for Workplace Violence Prevention Programs in Late-Night Retail Establishments  National
Training Tips Talk About Violence  National
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