What is Workplace Violence

Workplace violence. What is it?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health says most incidents fall into one of 4 categories:

  • Criminal Intent
  • Customer/client
  • Worker-on-worker
  • Personal relationship
  1. Criminal Intent.
    Incidents ranging from robbery/shoplifting to acts of terrorism, where the perpetrator has no relationship to the business.
    –These incidents accounted for approximately 31 percent of workplace homicides during robberies, with the “other/unspecified” category, at 27 percent of workplace homicides in that year.
  2. Customer/client.
    Incidents where an individual has a relationship to the business as a customer, client, patient, student, etc., and he or she becomes violent because of a perceived problem.
    –These types of incidents accounted for approximately 20 percent of all workplace homicides in 2014, but these incidents accounted for a majority of the nonfatal workplace violence incidents.
  3. Worker-on-worker.
    Incidents involving an employee, or past employee, of the business attacking or threatening another employee or group of employees in the workplace.
    –These type of fatalities accounted for approximately 15 percent of all workplace homicides in 2014.
  4. Personal relationship.
    Incidents where the perpetrator does not have a relationship with the business but has a personal relationship with the intended victim.
    –These incidents represented about 7 percent of all workplace homicides in 2014.

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