Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Recognizing the Warning Signs: Workplace Violence

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Recognizing the Warning Signs: Workplace Violence

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Experts claim that workplace violence rarely strikes without warning, but according to a new study on the issue, the majority of the work force does not recognize those potential warning signs.

A recent study commissioned by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Inc. (AAOHN) indicates the need for employee education and training on workplace violence.

"AAOHN's study found that nearly 20 percent of the entire work force claimed they have experienced an episode of workplace violence first-hand, yet the majority still do not know what to look for when it comes to determining potential offender characteristics," says AAOHN President Susan A. Randolph.

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The study findings define a significant need for companies to commit to and implement workplace violence education and prevention programs, she adds. "Without employee education," says Randolph, "a company will be far less able to diffuse a potential violent situation before it arises."

The survey found the vast majority of respondents did not recognize many of the key workplace violence warning signs, which have been identified by the FBI. In fact, when given a list of "red flag" behaviors, less than 4 percent of respondents were able to identify some of the most common warning signs usually seen in potential offenders. …

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