General: Workplace violence is a safety issue that tends to get overlooked because people mistakenly believe that it does not relate to their jobs or their work environment. This kind of thinking is not only dangerous -- it can be deadly. It can occur at or outside the workplace and can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide, one of the leading causes of job-related deaths. Workplace violence can strike anywhere, anytime, and no one is immune. About 2 million employees report being victimized by workplace violence each year and this does not factor in the many cases that go unreported.
Below is a partial listing of specific actions that would qualify as violent behavior:
1. Making threats
2. Verbal abuse
6. Physical assaults
What can you do to help prevent workplace violence incidents from occurring:
1. Report any perceived workplace violence incident to your supervisor immediately and if necessary call 911.
2. Alert your supervisor if you have any concerns relating to your safety or security.
3. Report any suspicious behavior your observe.
4. Report the presence of strangers on site, including in the parking lot, who are not accompanied by an employee.
5. Whenever possible, avoid traveling alone into unfamiliar locations or situations.
6. If you are traveling or out in the field, keep a contact person informed of your location throughout the day.
Conclusion: We have a zero-tolerance policy toward workplace violence which covers all employees, clients, visitors, contractors and anyone else who may come in contact with company personnel. So stay ahead of the game and be on the alert for signs of a behavior that may lead to a workplace violence event. Remember report any incident of this nature to your supervisor immediately!