According to The US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. Unfortunately, many more cases go unreported. Research has identified factors that may increase the risk of violence for some workers at certain worksites. Such factors include exchanging money with the public and working with volatile, unstable people. Working alone or in isolated areas may also contribute to the potential for violence. Providing services and care, and working where alcohol is served may also impact the likelihood of violence. Additionally, time of day and location of work, such as working late at night or in areas with high crime rates, are also risk factors that should be considered when addressing issues of workplace violence. Among those with higher-risk are workers who exchange money with the public, delivery drivers, healthcare professionals, public service workers, customer service agents, law enforcement personnel, and those who work alone or in small groups.
There are currently no specific OSHA standards for workplace violence.
However, under the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970, employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that “is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.” The courts have interpreted OSHA’s general duty clause to mean that an employer has a legal obligation to provide a workplace free of conditions or activities that either the employer or industry recognizes as hazardous and that cause, or are likely to cause, death or serious physical harm to employees when there is a feasible method to abate the hazard.
Arcane Protection Group recognizes that continuity of business and processes is paramount in today’s workforce following an event of workplace violence and the even greater importance of prevention. So per consultation, assessment of risk factors and vulnerabilities, we aim to close the gaps that leave your workplace environment vulnerable to outside criminal activity and educate and assist decision makers and employees in identifying precursors to deter or mitigate an internal event that may disrupt or endanger the workplace such as a hostile employee termination. We offer on site security presence to deter workplace violence as well as to detect, deter, deny or defend against acts of revenge. This assists in providing employee confidence that they are safe in their work environment and can focus on productivity and profit.