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Lack of control over workplace violence can have severe consequences. Employee injuries and fatalities affect not only the workers involved but have far-reaching consequences for businesses and society as a whole.
Industrial hygienists must be aware of these workplace hazards and have an understanding of their role to identify and control them in order to protect workers. This webinar presents the major concepts and definitions from the Workplace Violence Primer and Guideline for Industrial Hygienists recently published by AIHA.
Occupational safety and health practitioners and industrial hygienists who are not yet familiar with the significance of workplace violence will learn information critical to their role in the prevention of worker injuries and fatalities that result. Human resources and security personnel will also expand their understanding of the problem and available protective solutions. Labor representatives will learn how workplace violence threatens their members, and why it is an important area where more needs to be done.
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
- Anticipate and evaluate workplaces for the potential of workplace violence.
- Define different types of workplace violence.
- Cite possible controls to minimize the likelihood of negative outcomes of workplace violence.
- Identify workplace harassment and describe how it is linked with other violent behaviors.
Dr. Thomas P. Fuller is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with over 35 years of experience in occupational safety, industrial hygiene, environmental management, and public health. He has experience in healthcare, nuclear power plants, labor organizations, biopharmaceutical labs, manufacturing, and universities. Dr. Fuller became interested in workplace violence while working for the Massachusetts Nurses Association on cases where member nurses were injured by patients, but employers were not reporting resulting lost workdays on OSHA injury reports because they did not consider a broken nose or arm by a patient in the psychiatric ward as a workplace injury. Dr. Fuller has worked on community outreach programs with local law enforcement agencies to help businesses better understand their roles in worker safety. He has taught Professional Development Courses on workplace violence at AIHce. He has been a member of AIHA since 2002 and is currently the Vice-Chair of the International Affairs Committee.
Questions? Contact us at DLAssistant@aiha.org.