Prevention and intervention strategies for workplace violence
Approximately 20,000 private sector employees face workplace violence injuries each year, with nearly 400 fatalities, emphasizing the importance of employee safety in all industries. This article explores the four categories of workplace violence defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlighting the need for prevention and intervention to address stress, legal issues, reputation damage, and recruitment challenges. Strategies like risk assessments, background checks, clear reporting protocols, lockdown procedures, ongoing training, surveillance systems, and safety devices are essential to mitigate this risk. Each organization should tailor comprehensive protocols to their unique needs for handling workplace violence effectively.