Identifying Risk Factors of Workplace Violence
Unfortunately, there have been incidences of workplace
violence in the past. Someone in a work area becomes angry or
is otherwise compelled to become violent, and the results are
While it is true that not all incidents can be prevented, it is true
that some can be prevented. Here are a few tips on how
workplace violence can be prevented.
There are a few commonly known risk factors that may increase an employee’s chance of being
assaulted either by a fellow employee or by a non-employee. If an employee works with the public,
there is a higher chance they could be assaulted.
Exchanging money with the public
If they are exchanging money with the public, there is a higher chance that they could be assaulted.
Sometimes people feel that they have been wronged or not given enough money back, and so they
It is important to keep in mind that people do not always reflect on the outside what is going on in their
brains on the inside. This is why, if you are working in a high-risk environment, it is important to be
watchful, careful, and cautious while you are on the job.
Another risk factor is if a person works delivering goods and services or even passengers. These kinds of
people could get caught in the middle of a feud that could result in violence.
An additional risk factor is if a person works in an environment
where they interact with hostile or volatile people. This could
include police officers, social workers, or people in the healthcare
These hostile people could turn on the employee and a violent
situation could likely result. Working late at night or in the early
morning can also be a high risk factor for workplace violence.
People who work at night or early in the morning need to be cautious and aware of their surroundings
at all times. If there are any suspicious noises or people about, they either need to be on their guard and
ready to leave that situation as soon as possible.
Another risk factor is if you happen to work in a high-crime area. High-crime areas can be dangerous for
all people, so you should definitely be careful if you happen to working in a high-crime area.
Something you can do to help decrease the amount of workplace violence that occurs is to make sure
that when employees leave your company, they do not take any identification or access codes with
them. If they have access to the building where they used to work, they could use that access for things
that are not honorable.
You should require that all guests and visitors check in before visiting your workplace. This will help you
decrease the amount of people in your workplace who are unauthorized to be there.
When you give your employees their initial compliance training, make sure you cover some points on
preventing workplace violence. Compliance training is an excellent venue in which to teach employees
about the hazards of and importance of preventing workplace violence.
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