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    Safety Tips | Workplace violence

    Lower the risk of occupational homicide

    November 1, 2011

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    Although OSHA has no standard regarding occupational homicide, it can be a significant risk, especially for workers in what NIOSH deems “high-risk workplaces.” These workplaces include liquor stores, taxicabs, motels, gas stations and jewelry stores.

    NIOSH identifies the following risk factors for occupational homicide:

    • Exchanging money with the public
    • Working alone or in small groups
    • Working overnight shifts
    • Working in high-crime areas
    • Having responsibility for guarding valuables
    • Working in community settings (taxicab drivers, police officers, etc.)

    NIOSH offers the following precautions to help limit the risk of homicide:

    • Make high-risk areas more highly visible.
    • Install adequate external lighting.
    • Use drop safes to minimize the amount of cash on hand and post signs to that effect.
    • Install silent alarms and surveillance cameras.
    • Protect workers with bulletproof glass or enclosures.
    • Increase the number of staff on duty.
    • Close establishments during overnight, high-risk hours.
    • Train employees in conflict resolution and non-violent response.
    • Train employees not to resist a robbery.
    • Have local law enforcement check on establishments regularly.

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