Workplace health and safety

3. Current areas of work

Workplace Violence

We work with employers to raise awareness of their responsibilities around workplace violence or abuse.

Abuse in the workplace can take many forms

Customers in a bar may drink too much and become abusive or violent. Employees then have to deal with this antisocial behaviour.

Takeaway and delivery employees, working at night, may have to deal with aggressive behaviour from customers.

Those who work in the care sector, either in residential homes or who provide care, may have to deal with assaults from residents or relatives.

Employees working in the retail sector, especially small retailers, are easy targets for abuse, antisocial behaviour and robbery. They may work early morning or late at night and often alone.

Are you providing enough protection for your employees?

As an employer you must comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act. The act says ‘employers must provide and maintain a work place which is safe and without risks to health.’ This includes abuse in all its forms.

To help you reduce the risk of work based violence on your premises view the Violence Toolkit. This toolkit provides practical advice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to help you:

  • tackle work related violence towards your employees
  • reduce the risks of abuse and violence to your customers
  • reduce the risk of crime against your business

Find more information about preventing workplace harassment and violence on the HSE website.