10 Shocking Workplace Violence Statistics

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Tue, Dec 04, 2012 @ 09:27 AM

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  1. Nearly 2 million Americans report they’ve been victims of violence at work.

  2. In 2010, 1 in 9 workplace fatalities were homicides.

  3. Homicide is the most common cause of workplace fatalities in women.

  4. Workplace violence is one of the gravest occupational hazards for healthcare workers.

  5. Nearly one-third of nurses are subjected to physical or verbal assaults at least once a month.

  6. Geriatric wards and waiting rooms are two of the most frequent sites for hospital violence (along with emergency departments and psychiatric wards).

  7. A Detroit hospital began screening with handheld metal detectors — and collected 33 handguns, 1324 knives, and 97 mace type sprays during a 6-month period.

  8. A veteran’s hospital in Oregon reduced violent attacks by 91.6% after implementing a database that identified patients with a history of violence.

  9. An NYC hospital reduced reported violent crimes by 65% after implementing ID badges and color-coded passes that limited access to hospital floors.

  10. Your necklace, chain, scarf, or necktie can pose a strangulation hazard when there is violence in the workplace.

These workplace violence statistics are referenced in Stericycle’s newest Safety Meeting, “Workplace Violence.” This high-quality, professionally designed, online safety meeting is included for all Steri-Safe Select and Preferred customers. Find the Workplace Violence safety meeting in the Steri-Safe Safety Meeting Library at MyStericycle.com. The program includes proven strategies for OSHA required safety training and preventing violence in the workplace — especially in the healthcare setting.

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