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Violence in the Workplace

Violence in the workplace is a serious safety and health issue.  Its most extreme form, homicide, is the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injury in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), there were 521 workplace homicides in the preliminary count of 2009 in the United States, out of a total of 4,349 fatal work injuries.  Environmental conditions associated with workplace assaults have been identified and control strategies implemented in a number of work settings.  OSHA has developed guidelines and recommendations to reduce worker exposures to this hazard but is not initiating rulemaking at this time.