Workplace Violence Can Happen Anytime Anywhere

There is a sustained, and increasing, occurrence of violence in all aspects of life in America in the 21st Century. Unfortunately this is not a new trend but one that has been plaguing workers for far too long. We are witnessing on a near daily basis another shooting at a school, church, shopping mall or community event. We are hearing about workers being forced to accept sexual assault in order to get or keep their job. We are seeing coworkers bullied and abused to the point of committing suicide. The one thing that nearly all of these incidents have in common is that they occur in a workplace.

While OSHA has not yet issued a standard on workplace violence, bullying or sexual assault it has issued guidelines for some industries and occupations. Other government agencies (such as NIOSH, the CDC, FBI, …) and universities have also established guidelines and recommendations. WisCOSH continues to offer workshops that: cover these recommendations; highlight useful workplace policies and procedures; provide guidance on finding and eliminating trouble areas (blind spots, solitary work areas, uncontrolled access areas, …); basic self defense. Contact WisCOSH today to set up a workshop.

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