Preventing workplace aggression and violence--a role for occupational therapy

Work. 2002;18(1):15-22.


Workplace aggression and violence is the fastest growing societal concerns in USA. The review of literature indicates that violence is a substantial contributor to occupational injuries and death. Preventative strategies for minimizing the risk of workplace violence include, cash-handling policies, physical separation of workers from customers, environmental modifications; good lighting, security devices, escort services, and employee training. Studies also suggest that as a preventive measure, employers will attract and retain the best workers if high-risk behaviors are discouraged and appropriate behaviors are supported. Proactive strategies reduce stress, increase productivity, and enhance creativity. A role for occupational therapy practitioners in the prevention of workplace violence is proposed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aggression
  • Humans
  • Occupational Health*
  • Occupational Therapy*
  • United States
  • United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Violence / prevention & control*