More than 80% workplace homicides are committed not by the victim’s co-worker but a stranger who has no connection to the victim or company he works for. Especially vulnerable to such attacks are workers who work by themselves and have nobody with them to render assistance or prevent the attack from occurring in the first place. Although it’s not addressed in any standard, OSHA has made it clear that workplace violence is a hazard that employers must manage under the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act. That duty includes protecting workers who work alone.
HOW TOOL HELPS SOLVE THE PROBLEM:
One of the most important measures for protecting workers who work alone is to establish a written safety policy. Here’s a Model Policy illustrating what such a policy should look like that you can adapt for use at your own workplace.