Workplace Violence - National Safety Council

Workplace Violence

13% of Non-roadway Fatalities*

Workplace violence involves any act or threat of physical violence, harassment or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. Examples include intentional harm through physical violence, violence due to robbery or weapon violence.** 

Survey says: The NSC 2020 Safety Technology in the Workplace Survey shows: 22% of workers surveyed reported being exposed to workplace violence, 12% said workplace violence has caused or contributed to a serious injury in their workplace and 47% reported their job offered workplace violence training. Additionally, 91% of employers said they are prepared to avoid incidents of workplace violence.

The information in each section below is listed in the order of relevance to the hazardous situation.

Situational risks – inherent to the situation or proximate cause of injury
  • Intentional physical violence
  • Weapon violence
  • Violence due to robbery
  • Purposeful negligence
Systemic risks – contribute to injury but are not direct causes
  • Lack of workplace awareness
  • Lack of training or supervision
  • Lack of security measures
  • Unsafe workspace location
Relevant Technology Solutions
  • Real-time response management
  • Video cameras
  • Wearable or app-based panic buttons
  • Body-worn cameras

* Safety Technology 2020: Mapping Technology Solutions for Reducing Serious Injuries and Fatalities in the Workplace

**OSHA: Workplace Violence

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