The recent shocking and tragic public shootings, as well as
continued economic challenges, have led to increased concerns about
workplace safety. In fact, workplace violence has been increasing
steadily. Recent data shows workplace violence now affects about 2
million U.S. workers and costs U.S. businesses almost $36 billion
each year. In addition to the personal harm inflicted on employees,
workplace violence can result in costly and protracted litigation,
damage to an employer's reputation, and decreased morale and
productivity among employees.
Accordingly, you should focus attention on preventing workplace
violence and developing specific policies and procedures to help
minimize the risk and tackle the effects of workplace violence.
Federal and state laws require employers to provide a safe,
healthy work environment for employees and prevent workplace
violence and other dangerous behavior that could harm employees.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act, which established
protective workplace safety standards, requires employers to
provide a work environment free of known dangers that could
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