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WORKPLACE VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
We didn’t have our annual observance in 2020 due to the Covid lockdown. This year we will have an observance on April 28 at the Castle Gardens Clubhouse in Lauderhill, Florida. For people who live in the area, please join us and RSVP by calling 954-733-6030.
Remember to be very careful and vigilant. Practice social-distancing. It is the one thing that we know works. For symptoms and other precautions, visit: https://www.cdc.gov
About Workplace Violence Awareness
Workplace violence is a serious recognized occupational hazard, ranking among the top four causes of death in workplaces during the past 15 years. 841 cases of workplace violence were reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2019.
Here are the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics on homicide, suicide and non-fatal injuries from violence in the workplace:
According to the latest releases from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20,790 workers in the private industry experienced trauma from nonfatal workplace violence in 2018. These incidents required days away from work.1
Of those victims who experienced trauma from workplace violence:
- 71% were female
- 64% were aged 25 to 54
- 73% worked in the healthcare and social assistance industry
- 20% required 31 or more days away from work to recover, and 21% involved 3 to 5 days away from work.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 453 U.S. workers were workplace homicide victims in 2018.
- 82% were male
- 47% were white
- 66% were aged 25 to 54
- 20% were working in sales and related occupations, 19% were performing protective service activities
Excerpts from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) news release, last reviewed September 22, 2020 – Read more
1Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016). TABLE R4. Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by industry and selected events or exposures leading to injury or illness, private industry, 2016.Cdc-excelExternal
Workplace Violence Awareness Month
The Alliance Against Workplace Violence (AAWPV) will commemorate the month of April 2021 as Workplace Violence Awareness Month. This will be the 8th year that a national observance of workplace violence awareness is being held. We will highlight the preventable nature of most workplace violence incidents and promote campaigns of remembrance for those workers who have been injured or killed in the workplace by violence. AAWPV has selected the month of April as Workplace Violence Awareness Month because Workers Memorial Day is observed on April 28. This is a yearly event held to pay homage and respect to workers who have died while at work.
During the month of April, please take actions that will assist us in getting the word out to interested persons that workplace violence can be prevented. Help us to educate the public about this problem that is generally considered a police issue or as unavoidable. We believe that if more people understand what workplace violence is and what preventive measures can be utilized to halt it, they will take the necessary steps to make their workplaces safer.
The problem of workplace violence is not a separate issue from the other problems of violence that plague our society. We realize that violence in homes and communities often spills over into the workplace. The workplace is a microcosm of what happens in the community and there are lessons to be learned by parties on both sides. We created the Alliance Against Workplace Violence to generate discussion and ideas about preventing violence in the workplace among those who are already working diligently in this area and to include persons in the community who may be unaware of the problem.
We encourage all of you (on an annual basis) to spend the month of April holding events to raise public awareness of workplace violence, culminating in Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28. Please visit this site often to find out what events we will be promoting. We are asking for your participation and invite you to share your stories, services and products regarding the problem of violence in the workplace and its solutions.
The Alliance published its first book on August 31, 2011. It is Vol. One: Halt The Violence. The members of the Alliance are contributing authors to this book, which is a reader on workplace violence education and prevention. We created the Alliance Against Workplace Violence to generate discussion and ideas about preventing violence in the workplace among those who are already working diligently in this area and to include persons in the community who may be unaware of the problem. Consultants and practitioners in workplace violence prevention have joined in a collaborative effort to bring information to schools, churches, community associations, Chambers of Commerce, and violence prevention organizations. Please visit our resources page for more information.