A report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimated that the annual cost of workplace violence to businesses is in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Medical expenses, workers’ compensation payments, security expenses and lost time at work all contribute to this number. Most people are aware of the most serious acts, but workplace violence includes everything from verbal abuse and threats to domestic violence and physical assaults. OSHA reports that over 2 million people are victims of workplace violence each year.
Workplace violence is not predictable, but it is preventable. There are steps that you can take that will reduce the chance workplace violence occurring in your business. This report should help you gauge your level of preparedness to both prevent and react to an act of workplace violence.