In Safe Work Australia's most recent report on workers' compensation statistics, occupational violence ("being assaulted by a person or persons") was the mechanism of injury to increase the most (pg. 31). This trend is likely linked to the increasing use of different drugs in communities, and the increased reporting of assaults.
To address this hazard, businesses can take simple, prudent actions to mitigate and plan risks. These steps include:
- including the hazard in organisation and safety strategic planning
- factoring in occupational violence into emergency preparation
- providing at-risk workers with targeted training to respond to occupational violence
- providing broader awareness material and information to your wider workforce
Heinrichs Safety can assist you with each of these measures. Together we can reduce your occupational violence risk profile, better spend preventative resources, and negotiate future challenges.