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PDC 1 - The Ethics of Workplace Violence: Understand​ing the Problem and Creating Solutions​

Emergency Response and Preparedness Track​

​Intermediate | Credits: 4 CM Credit Hours 

Saturday, October 28 | 8:00 AM – Noon | Limit 40


In 2010, assaults and violent acts in the workplace comprised 17.7 percent of workplace fatalities. It was second only to transportation incidents. Each year, nearly two million Americans are victims of workplace violence, including murder, physical assault, harassment, intimidation, and verbal abuse. Violence and harassment ide​​ntification and prevention programs are often lacking, in many of even the most forward-thinking organizations. The practicing industrial hygienist has an ethical responsibility to be involved and aware of these timely and important issues. This PDC will provide resources, information, and case studies in which participants will learn how to recognize different forms of violence and harassment. Participants will be equipped with a continuum of effective, ethical preventive tools that address workplace violence, and opportunities to apply these tools to hypothetical situations, during small breakout groups and discussions.

*Please note: Only participants registering for two (2) half-day PDCs on the same day will receive a boxed lunch.

Value Added

Each participant will receive a PDF copy of "Workplace Violence Primer and Guideline for Industrial Hygienists" by Fuller, Rosen, and Hartman and published by AIHA.

Course Outline

  • Introduction and Overview - The Extent of the Problem
  • Effects on the Organization, Society, and the Worker
  • Categories of Violence
  • How to Identify and Report Violence
  • Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace
  • Developing and Implementing Workplace Violence Prevention Programs
  • Workplace Violence Controls and Worker Protections
  • What To Do After an Incident - Support and Treatment
  • Workforce Training and Safety Culture
  • Conclusion and Wrap-up

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize unethical situations, violence, and harassment in the workplace.
  • Identify the consequences to organizations, workers, and society from workplace violence.
  • Describe why industrial hygienists have a role in worker safety from violence.
  • Develop and implement effective programs, policies, and other controls.
  • Apply preventive tools to diffuse harassment and violence that has occurred, or is occurring.
  • Identify ethical channels for assistance to workers who are victims of violence or intimidation.

Transfer of Knowledge

Instructors will evaluate participants’ understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Group activities
  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
  • Workshops​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Name and Bio

Thomas Fuller, ScD, CIH, CSP, MSPH, MBA, Associate Professor, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL.

Dr. Thomas P. Fuller is an Associate Professor in the Safety Program at Illinois State University. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with over 35 years of experience. He has worked in electric utilities, universities, hospitals, and manufacturing. He was an original member of the AIHA Business Values Strategy team, and is the current Vice Chair of the International Affairs Committee. Dr. Fuller is an author of the AIHA guideline, Workplace Violence Primer and Guideline for Industrial Hygienists.