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[Excerpt] How well is your workplace addressing violence prevention?* Let’s start with your workplace’s definition: “workplace violence” brings to mind fights, physical or sexual attacks, murder, property damage, or arson; and certainly acts of terrorism. Does your policy include the unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, or other weapons at work? Does your program’s policy cover verbal as well as physical issues? OSHA and NIOSH have recommended including verbal harassment and threats -- face-to-face, in writing, or electronically – as these are not only problems in themselves, but also could escalate to other forms of violence.


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Brown, N. J. (2019). Workplace violence prevention [Electronic version]. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, Workplace Health and Safety Program.