Preventing Harassment and Violence in the Workplace Updated

Learn how to prevent workplace harassment and violence.

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Designed and written as a practical workplace training and reference tool, this 194-page pocket guide is filled with clear-language text including situation-specific safety tips, sample assessment and inspection forms, and illustrations.


This is your guide to preventing workplace harassment and violence. Using the information in this booklet, you will be able to:

  • Identify risk factors specific to your workplace and type of work
  • Develop a prevention policy
  • Conduct hazard assessments
  • Develop a comprehensive prevention program, including procedures for reporting and investigating incidents, providing victim support, and conducting incident follow-up
  • Develop strategies for preventing workplace harassment and violence, such as practicing intentional workplace design, promoting civility and respect, and recognizing warning signs
  • Identify prevention tips for specific situations including handling cash, working alone, managing workplace change, and family (domestic) violence
  • Develop strategies for responding to workplace situations such as a potentially violent person, internet harassment, or robbery
  • Develop procedures to manage emergency situations including lock-downs and evacuations
  • Identify relevant legislation


This guide will assist in the development and implementation of a workplace-specific harassment and violence prevention program. It can also be used as a practical handout for participants in employee training sessions.

The guide does not address the specific needs of police officers, security guards, prison guards or others whose job it is to manage potentially violent people and situations.

Target Audience

This guide is written for anyone who wants to learn about workplace harassment and violence and its prevention. It is especially useful to individuals involved in the development and implementation of workplace harassment and violence prevention programs.

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