I.What is workplace violence?
A.Workplace violence is violence or the threat of violence against workers. 1.Workplace violence is a growing concern for employers and employees nationwide. a.It can occur at or outside the workplace
b.It can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide. II.According to the California branch of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration there are three types of workplace violence: A.Type I: a stranger committing a crime against the business. 1.The most common cause of workplace homicide.
B.Type II: Committed on an employee by a client, customer, patient, or inmate. 1.Most Type II violence involves nonfatal assaults or verbal threats. C.Type III: Employee-on-employee violence.
1.Most-common source of threats and assaults.
III.Workplace violence rates in the United States
A.The magnitude of workplace violence in the United States is measured with fatal and nonfatal statistics from several sources 1.The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) a.CFOI reported 13,827 workplace homicide victims between 1992 and 2010. i.Averaging over 700 homicides per year,
ii.The largest number of homicides in one year being 1,080 in 1994, while the lowest number was 518 in 2010. b.From 2003 to 2010 over half of the workplace homicides occurred within three occupation classifications: i. 28% in sales and related occupations
ii.17% in protective service occupations
iii.13% in transportation and material moving occupations
2.The Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) a.SOII reported an estimated 130,920 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work during the 2003 to 2010 time period. i. The Healthcare and Social Assistance Industry accounted for 63% of these injuries and illnesses each year
3.The Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime...