Welcome to the website for Workplace Violence Awareness Month. We invite you to share your stories, services and products regarding the problem of violence in the workplace and its solutions.
The Alliance Against Workplace selected the month of April as Workplace Violence Awareness Month because Workers Memorial Day is observed on April 28. This is a yearly event held to pay homage and respect to workers who have died while at work.
During the month of April, please take actions that will assist us in getting the word out to interested persons that workplace violence can be prevented. Help us to educate the public about this problem that is generally considered a police issue or as unavoidable. We believe that if more people understand what workplace violence is and what preventive measures can be utilized to halt it they will take the necessary steps to make their workplaces safer.
The problem of workplace violence is not a separate issue from the other problems of violence that plague our society. We realize that violence in homes and communities often spills over into the workplace. The workplace is a microcosm of what happens in the community and there are lessons to be learned by parties on both sides. That is why we created the Alliance Against Workplace Violence to generate discussion and ideas about preventing violence in the workplace among those who are already working diligently in this area and to include persons in the community who may be unaware of the problem. Consultants and practitioners in workplace violence prevention have joined in a collaborative effort to bring information to schools, churches, community associations, chambers of commerce, and violence prevention organizations.
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Workplace violence is a serious recognized occupational hazard, ranking among the top four causes of death in workplaces during the past 15 years. More than 3,000 people died from workplace homicide between 2006 and 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Additional BLS data indicate that an average of more than 15,000 nonfatal workplace injury cases was reported annually during this time.
…”These incidents and others like them can be avoided or decreased if employers take appropriate precautions to protect their workers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “We have accompanied this directive with a new Web page on Preventing Workplace Violence to help employers address workplace violence issues.”
Excerpts from OSHA news release, September 8, 2011- Read more