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Workplace Violence

Workplace Violence

Hazard Overview

Hazard Overview

What is workplace violence?

Workplace violence is violence or the threat of violence against workers. It can occur at or outside the workplace and can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide, one of the leading causes of job-related deaths. However it manifests itself, workplace violence is a growing concern for employers and employees nationwide.

What are the hazards associated with workplace violence?

Workplace violence, whether from an inside or outside source, can result in serious physical injury and death to employees in a variety of work settings.

Solutions

Solutions

What can I do to protect myself?

Protection of employees against workplace violence is the responsibility of employers. The best protection employers can offer is to establish a zero-tolerance policy toward workplace violence against or by their employees. The employer should establish a workplace violence prevention program or incorporate the information into an existing accident prevention program, employee handbook or manual of standard operating procedures. It is critical to ensure that all employees know the policy and understand that all claims of workplace violence will be investigated and remedied promptly.

What resources are available to assist employers?

In addition, the NCDOL Library offers free safety and health videos and related research assistance on consensus standards (i.e., ANSI, NFPA, NEC). The education, training and technical assistance bureau provides free online safety and health training and outreach services (i.e., speaker's bureau requests, safety booths) upon request.

 

Regulations

Regulations

Which standards apply?

OSH enforces the following rules and regulations for workplace violence in North Carolina:

  • There are no OSHA or N.C. occupational safety and health standards for workplace violence. In certain circumstances, workplace violence hazards may be cited using N.C. General Statute 95-129(1), commonly referred to as the “General Duty Clause.”

  • NCGS Chapter 95 Article 23 (Workplace Violence Prevention Act).

    • This labor law allows a North Carolina employer to file an action for a civil no contact order as a civil action in district court by an employer on behalf of an employee who has suffered unlawful conduct from any individual that can reasonably be construed to be carried out, or to have been carried out, at the employee's workplace.

    • Only section NCGS 95-270 is enforceable by the N.C. Department of Labor Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Bureau.

Learn More

Learn More

Where can I learn more?

If you would like to receive interpretive guidance on this or any other OSH standard or topic, you can submit your questions using the Ask OSH web form, by e-mail to ask.osh@labor.nc.gov or by calling 919-707-7876.