by Thomas A. Farr and W. Kyle Dillard, Esqs.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its first-ever written enforcement instructions regarding incidents of. OSHA officials will use the directive to decide whether allegations of workplace violence warrant an investigation. It spells out procedures that compliance officers must follow when conducting workplace inspections.
More important, it details methods employers can use to minimize the possibility of workplace violence.
OSHA defines “workplace violence” as “violent acts (including physical assaults and threats of assaults) directed towards persons at work or on duty.”
The directive lists four categories of workplace violence:
- Violent acts by people (including current and former employees) who enter the workplace to commit a crime.
- Violence directed at employees by customers, clients, patients, ...(register to read more)