Employees may experience physical injury and/or psychological trauma due to workplace violence, such as assault. According to OSHA, approximately 2 million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year. Certain professions have a higher risk of workplace violence, including police and corrections officers, healthcare workers, social workers, taxi and delivery drivers, and late-night retail workers (e.g. gas station attendants).
Workplace violence includes not only physical violence, but also the threat of physical violence, harassment or intimidation.
Workplace violence is divided into 4 categories based on the relationship of the assailant to the victim:
- Criminal intent: “violent acts by people who enter the workplace to commit robbery or other crime – or current or former employee who enters the workplace with the intent to commit a crime.”
- Customer, client and patient: “violence directed at employees by customers, clients, patients, students, inmates or any others to whom the employer provides a service.”
- Co-worker: “violence against co-workers, supervisors, or managers by a current or former employee, supervisor, or manager.”
- Personal: “violence in the workplace by someone who does not work there, but who is known to, or has a personal relationships with, an employee.”
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 OSHA, Workplace Violence Prevention, https://www.osha.gov/dte/grant_materials/fy10/sh-20865-10/08_workplace_violence_2012.ppt