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Assessing Violence In The Workplace

Written by  ALBERT J. MARCELLA, Ph.D., CFSA, CISA October 13, 2011

This article focuses on the topic of workplace violence, the assessment of an organization’s incident management plan, and the critical role placed upon an effective incident management plan to successfully address such an occurrence within an organization. What is Workplace Violence? Workplace violence is violence, or the threat of violence, against workers. It can occur at or outside the workplace and can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide, and is one of the leading causes of job-related deaths. However it manifests itself, workplace violence is a growing concern for employers and employees nationwide. The Threat There are several classifications of perpetrators who might engage in workplace violence. Such perpetrators can be broadly described as follows: Outsiders: Someone who has no legitimate relationship with the victim or workplace and usually enters the workplace to commit a robbery or

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