Every year, nearly two million American workers report being victimized by workplace violence, and many more incidents go unreported. Overall, workplace violence costs employers more than $120 billion a year, according to estimates by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
Workplace violence is a term used to describe any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the workplace. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide.
Workplace violence can strike anywhere, at any time, and it can affect and involve employees, clients, customers or visitors. The good news is that although no workplace is immune to violence, employers can significantly reduce the risk of a violent incident by taking appropriate precautions.
One of the most important precautions employers can take is establishing a zero-tolerance policy toward workplace violence. This policy should cover all workers, patients, clients, visitors, contractors and anyone else who may come in contact with company personnel. Employers should also establish a workplace violence prevention program or incorporate the prevention information into an employee handbook or manual of standard operating procedures. It is critical that all employees know the policy and understand that all claims of workplace violence will be investigated and remedied promptly.
For more information on implementing a comprehensive workplace violence protection program, contact Neckerman Insurance Services today.
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