Violence in the Workplace Prevention Guide

Develop a workplace violence prevention program.

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Designed and written as a practical workplace training and reference tool. This 182-page pocket guide is filled with clear-language text including safety tips, charts, diagrams, checklists and illustrations.


This is your guide to developing a workplace violence prevention program. Using the advice in this booklet, you will be able to:

  • Identify risk factors
  • Develop a prevention policy
  • Conduct a hazard assessment
  • Develop a comprehensive prevention program
  • Develop procedures for reporting and investigating incidents
  • Develop a critical incident management plan
  • Develop victim support services
  • Follow-up on and learn from incidents
  • Develop a training program
  • Identify relevant legislation


This guide will assist in the development and implementation of a workplace-specific violence prevention program. It is a practical hand-out 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 violence and its prevention. It is especially useful to individuals involved in the development and implementation of workplace violence prevention programs.

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