Workplace Violence

With awareness of the potential for workplace violence growing, it’s important for companies to develop and implement prevention and response plans.

A strong zero-tolerance policy is an important tool in reducing the odds of a company being victimized by workplace violence. New and existing employees should receive written policies informing them that violence in any form, damage to company property, threats or intimidation will not be tolerated.

Careful applicant screening may also be helpful in preventing future incidents. Verifying applicants’ work history, qualifications and potential criminal background may help the company identify high-risk candidates.

Supervisors should also understand the warning signals that may indicate that an employee may become violent, such as threatening coworkers or supervisors, complaining about unfair treatment, slamming doors or equipment or similar forms of inappropriate behavior.

Considering how to protect your workplace—and your employees—is a helpful step that can reduce property damage, the potential for undesirable incidents and other disruption to your company’s operations and facilities.

Learn more about OSHA’s workplace violence guidelines.

Next: Sexual Harassment