• Workplace Violence

    Educational Tools/Resources

    • NIOSH's Preventing Homicide in the Workplace (1995)
      This Alert, available in English and Spanish, identifies occupations where workers are at an increased risk of homicide, possible risk factors and preventive measures, and recommendations for research. A worker/employer summary sheet is included.
    • NIOSH's Stress at Work (1999)
      This booklet provides information about the causes of stress at work and steps to prevent it.
    • NIOSH's Violence: Occupational Hazards in Hospitals  (2002)
      This brochure, available in English and Spanish, is designed to increase worker and employer awareness of the risk factors for violence in hospitals and to provide strategies for reducing exposure to these factors.
    • NIOSH's Violence on the Job (2004)
      This DVD presents practical measures for identifying risk factors for violence at work, and taking strategic action to keep employees safe. The target audience includes health care managers and other professionals.
    • NIOSH's Working with Stress (2002)
      This DVD presents workplace factors that can create or worsen worker stress, and suggests practical measures to reduce it through changes in work organization.
    • OSHA's Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Health Care and Social Service Workers (2004)
      This informational booklet provides the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's advisory guidelines to help employers prevent workplace violence inflicted by patients or clients on staff.
    • OSHA's Hospital eTool (2002)
      This interactive Web-based training tool offers a geographical menu to identify hazards and controls found in the hospital and health care industry. The HealthcareWide Hazards Module has recommendations for establishing a violence prevention program.
    • USOPM's Dealing with Workplace Violence: A Guide for Agency Planners (1998)
      This guide, developed by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, is intended to assist those who are responsible for establishing workplace violence initiatives at their agencies.
    • USOPM's A Manager's Handbook: Handling Traumatic Events (2003)
      This handbook gives practical advice for managers on handling traumatic events involving employees, such as suicidal thoughts, assaults, and workplace violence.



    • Fact Sheet: Workplace Violence (2002)
      This Occupational Safety and Health Administration fact sheet provides an overview of workplace violence, with prevention strategies for employers and employees.
    • Fatal Injuries to Civilian Workers in the United States, 1980-1995. (National and State Profiles) (2001)
      This National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health document provides 16 years of data from the National Traumatic Occupational Fatalities surveillance system.
    • Occupational Injury Deaths of Postal Workers - United States, 1980-1989 (1994)
      This CDC report summarizes the results of an analysis of occupational injury deaths in the Postal Service and compares the Postal Service fatality rates with overall rates for all U.S. industries.
    • Racial Differences in Occupational Firearm Homicides, 1993-1997 (2001)
      This article in the Spring 2001 edition of the journal Compensation and Working Conditions presents results of a study of the influence that the race of the worker has on the risk of being a victim of an occupational firearm homicide.
    • Terror Nine to Five: Guns in the American Workplace, 1994-2003 (2004)
      This Handgun-Free America report describes trends in workplace shootings based on specific incidents during the years from 1994 to 2003.
    • Violence in the Workplace: 1993-1999 (2001)
      This Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report focuses on nonfatal violence in the workplace as measured by the National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Labor Statistics data is used to describe workplace homicide.
    • Violence in the Workplace: Risk Factors and Prevention Strategies (1996)
      This National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health bulletin reviews what is known about fatal and nonfatal violence in the workplace, identifies research gaps, recommends general approaches to prevention, and summarizes issues that need to be addressed when dealing with workplace violence in various settings.
    • Worker Health Chartbook, 2004 (2004)
      This National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health publication is a descriptive epidemiologic reference on occupational morbidity and mortality in the U.S. It includes numerous figures and tables to describe the magnitude, distribution, and trends of the Nation's occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.
    • Workplace Violence: Issues in Response (2004)
      This Federal Bureau of Investigation monograph discusses prevention planning, threat assessment and management, domestic violence and stalking, and other workplace violence issues.


    Links to Other Resources


    • Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence
      offers information and resources to reduce the impact of partner violence at work, including a section on best practices
    • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), CDC: Occupational Violence  
      offers information on research programs, statistical reports, and initiatives to address the problems of workplace violence; provides NIOSHTIC-2, a searchable bibliographic database on occupational safety and health publications
    • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Dept. Labor: Workplace Violence
      provides information about applicable industry standards, educational resources, and training tools to address workplace violence
    • Safe@Work Coalition
      provides information on the importance of addressing domestic violence in the workplace and how to develop and implement a corporate domestic violence policy
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Dept. HHS: Division of Workplace Programs
      offers information on drug testing, drug-free workplace programs, and the relationship between substance abuse, security and violence in the workplace