Safety and Health: Workplace Violence Term Paper by JCowie024

Investigates workplace violence, which occurs not only as employees against their employers but also activist groups, domestic violence and such incidents as muggings in the parking lot.
# 151685 | 4,250 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper discusses the extent of workplace violence, the costs direct and indirect, psychological impact upon employees, main factors that explain the occurrence of this violence and the legal concerns for health and safety professionals. Next, the author reveals that the key to preventing workplace violence is recognizing the signs that an employee might cause violence or that an employee is a victim of abuse. The paper reviews workplace violence prevention plan and policy recommendations designed to reduce this monetary and human cost to an organization.

Table of Contents:
Table of Contents
Background Significance
Literature Review
Extent of Workplace Violence
Workplace Violence Factors
Cost of Workplace Violence
Psychological Impact
Preventing Workplace Violence

From the Paper:

"Aside from the costs of workplace violence mentioned above, OSHA can cite an employer in incidents of workplace violence under the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act of 1970. The "general duty clause" in Section 5 of the OSH Act states that employers are required to sustain work environments to mitigate and prevent hazards within the workplace. In addition, employers are required to be familiar and comply with standards that apply to their work environment, and employees have the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE). The established guidelines under the general duty clause include the following in order to be applicable, a hazard must be present and recognized, the employer knew or should have knowledge about the hazard within the industry, the hazard is likely to cause harm, and it is correctable.
"An employer can be cited for violations under the general duty clause from willful to serious and down to other-than-serious. The fine for a willful violation can range from $5,000 to $70,000 per violation. In a case where an employee has lost their life, an employer can face criminal charges as well as imprisonment up to six months. A serious violation or other-than serious violation can result in a fine up to $7,000 per each violation."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Harrell, E. (2011). Workplace Violence 1993-2009. Retrieved from:
  • OSHA. (n.d.). Health and Safety Topics: Workplace violence. Retrieved from:
  • Pinheiro, A, Anderson, D.O. (2012). Improving Your Workplace Violence Prevention Program. Retrieved from:
  • Reeves, C. (2009). Study of the Effects of Intimate Partner Violence in the Workplace. Retrieved from:
  • Smith, S. (2012). When Words Fail: Workplace Violence and Cummunication.

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APA Format

Safety and Health: Workplace Violence (2012, August 29) Retrieved January 17, 2021, from

MLA Format

"Safety and Health: Workplace Violence" 29 August 2012. Web. 17 January. 2021. <>