Tips to Recognise and Prevent Workplace Violence

I hope you have been enjoying Mullins Lawyers’ regular bulletins to employers and people working in the insurance industry. In the last 20 years, we have published 332 articles on cases, legislation, and general observations relevant to workers’ compensation.

Workplace violence is closely linked to mental health which is becoming an increasing focus for employers, especially with  Workplace Health and Safety Queensland releasing the new Code of Practice for managing the risk of psychosocial hazards at work, in effect from 1 April 2023.

It was with great delight that I received an email from a U.S. teaching resource reaching out in response to one of my earlier articles, to share this resource guide titled “ Resources and tips for preventing workplace violence“:

The resource guide was developed by Eastern Kentucky University’s Master of Science in Safety, Security and Emergency Management program and provides insights into:

  • U.S. workplace violence statistics;
  • Situations with increased risk of workplace violence;
  • Warning signs of workplace violence;
  • Tips for preventing workplace violence etc.

The first thing that struck me was the prevalence of gun violence in the U.S. which is fortunately not a feature of our society.

Excluding the gun violence, anecdotally, the rest of the resource seems fairly transferable to our society.

Mullins Lawyers does a lot of work with employers in the health sector and I am not surprised that healthcare professionals have been identified as a group at risk of workplace violence.

I hope by sharing this resource, you will be able to identify warning signs of workplace violence and implement the tips for preventing them.


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