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Employment eAlert: Do you have a Workplace Violence Policy?

January 2013

Elizabeth A. Semler
503.243.1661 x 264

Do you have a Workplace Violence Policy? 

If not, it is time to adopt one, circulate it to your employees, and develop plans and procedures for employee safety. A good place to start is with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) website, which provides information on risk factors, prevention programs, training, and recommendations for employers at: www.osha.gov/SLTC/workplaceviolence.

While no policy or procedure can guarantee employee safety from workplace violence, employees need to know what to do if they feel threatened, and who to talk to if they become aware of information that suggests a co-worker, client, customer, or any other person has made threats or otherwise disclosed or indicated an intent to harm others. Information can also be found at: www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/factsheet-workplace-violence.pdf.

 If you would like more information about workplace violence prevention programs, or have questions about any employment law issues, please feel free to contact us.

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