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Violence at work

Published by Safety Net Team

August 9, 2022

Violence is defined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as an incident in which a person is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work.

This definition includes verbal as well as physical abuse and could arguably also include psychological manipulation (mental abuse). Incidents involving verbal abuse are the most common including for those working in call centre environments.

As well as physical harm from assault, repeated verbal abuse can lead to stress, depression, reduced morale and increased sickness absence.

As for any other health and safety issue, employers must identify where there may be a potential problem, assess the risk and take steps to manage violence in the workplace.

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