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July 09, 2011
Protecting Yourself From Workplace Violence

Do your employees understand the risks of violence in the workplace? Do they know the strategies they need to protect themselves from workplace violence? Below is some information to convey to your employees.

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Unfortunately, ours is a violent society, and some of that violence finds its way into the workplace. As a healthcare or social service worker you are particularly vulnerable to violence on the job because of the nature of your work and the individuals you serve. Violence is also a problem in these fields because your work is stressful, and sometimes, co-workers who become overly stressed also become violent and take their frustration out on the people they work with.

Statistics show that healthcare and social service workers are much more likely to face violence or threats on the job than workers in other jobs. And all too often workplace violence results in injuries. Sometimes it ends in death.

Because of the frequency of violent incidents and the serious nature of possible consequences, you must be able to protect yourself from harm. You need to understand the risks of violence on the job, be able take effective steps to prevent violence, and know what to do if you find yourself in a potentially violent situation.

You should have strategies in place for preventing violence and protecting yourself on the job. In particular, position yourself to:

  • Realize the risks,
  • Identify risk factors.
  • Understand the effects of workplace violence.
  • Take effective measures to prevent violence.
  • Recognize signs of impending violence.
  • Protect yourself against violent situations.

The above information comes from BLR's presentation "Violence Prevention for Healthcare and Social Service Workers." For more information on all the training courses BLR has to offer, go to our Employee and Manager Training page.


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