Workplace violence is a social workplace hazard that cuts across sectors. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides general enforcement guidance for investigating violence resulting from a workplace-based event (CPL 02.01.058). Given the situational complexity of workplace violence, OSHA has published no specific Standard. Individual agencies and companies often adopt their own guidance.
Under OSHA’s Standard on Agency Responsibilities, agency heads are required to provide “each employee employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.” As you will learn in this training, workplace violence is a very real occupational hazard that moves beyond physical harm and is rarely mitigated through the use of PPE.
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The objective of Atlantic's Workplace Violence video Program is to show employees how to recognize the warning signs of possible violent behavior, as well as how to avoid or defuse potentially dangerous situations.