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Workplace Violence Prevention

Photo Courtesy of L&I.  In Washington, violence by strangers accounts for most of the fatalities related to workplace violence

In Washington, violence by strangers accounts for most of the fatalities related to workplace violence.

Photo courtesy of L&I.

Workplace violence causes a significant number of deaths and injuries in Washington and throughout the country. Between January 1, 2016, and June 30, 2016, workplace violence was the second leading cause of workplace deaths in Washington State. Workplace violence can include physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening, disruptive behavior at the work site.

Some factors can increase the risk of workplace violence, including the following:

  • Exchanging money with the public.
  • Working with volatile or unstable people.
  • Working alone or in isolated areas.
  • Providing services and care, such as health care, social services, delivery drivers, and public service workers.
  • Working where alcohol is served.
  • Working late at night or in areas with high crime rates.

Employers who operate late night retail establishments and those in the health care industry have specific rules regarding workplace violence prevention.

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing and foreseeable safety and health hazards and provide resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written safety and health accident prevention program (APP).

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