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oshaworkplaceviolenceWorkplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the worksite. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors. Homicide is currently the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States.

Factors that increase the risk of workplace violence for some workers include:

  • Exchanging money with the public,
  • Working with volatile, unstable people,
  • Working alone or in isolated areas,
  • Working where alcohol is served,
  • Time of day (ex. late nights) and
  • Location of work (ex. areas with high crime rates).

By assessing worksites for risk factors such as those listed above, employers can identify methods for reducing the likelihood of incidents occurring. OSHA believes that a well-written and implemented workplace violence prevention program, combined with engineering controls, administrative controls and training can reduce the risk of workplace violence.

For further assistance regarding this topic in the form of free consultation services, policy development or training, please contact the UVICELL Safety in Paradise office at 340-693-1146 or via email at We look forward to helping you meet your safety and health needs!