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Violence in the workplace should never be taken lightly. Whether it comes from an outside source, a fellow employee or even a superior, all incidents need to be reported immediately. There are laws in place to protect you and that require employers to provide you with a safe and healthful workplace. It is important to remember that workplace violence includes threats and verbal abuse as well as physical assault and homicide. No one is immune. However if you deal with the public or work during late night hours you may have an increased risk of becoming a victim of workplace violence.
Immediately contact your local police department to report a violent incident. If you need immediate assistance or medical attention, dial 9-1-1.
Provide authorities with as many details as possible regarding the incident. Include information such as time and date of the incident, the location where it occurred, and names and descriptions of suspects and witnesses.
Report the incident to your superior or your employer's human resource department. The incident should be logged and a detailed report should be taken.
Contact the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at 800-321-6742 if you feel your employer has not taken proper steps to correct and prevent acts of workplace violence. You may file a complaint or get further assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor.
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