first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HSE tackles violence at workOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Executive takes action as research reveals a gap in staff training indealing with work-related violenceWorkers in England and Wales experienced 1.3 violent incidents in 1999,according to Health and Safety Executive research. But only 18 per cent received formal training in how to deal with violent orthreatening behaviour at work, it found. Seventy-two per cent have received neither formal training nor informaladvice. In high-risk groups, training provision failed to exceed 50 per cent,with the exception of security and protection services, where training ratesran at 71 per cent. Between 1997 and 1999, the number of incidents is estimated to haveincreased by 5 per cent, – a statistically insignificant increase that appearsto reverse the 19 per cent fall in incidents seen between 1995 and 1997, saidthe HSE. Just under a fifth – 17 per cent – of workers who have some form of contactwith the public in their work said they were either very or fairly worriedabout being threatened. And 14 per cent of those who have personal contact withthe public are worried about being assaulted. Those in occupations at highest risk of violence – public transport workers,nurses and teachers – said they are most concerned. However, the risk of a worker being assaulted remains relatively low, with2.5 per cent of working adults estimated to have been the victim of at leastone violent incident at work in 1999. Some 1.2 per cent have been physically assaulted by a member of the publicwhile they were working, and 1.4 per cent have been threatened, it found. HSE spokeswoman Ann Harrington said of The British Crime Survey findings,”Acts of violence towards people trying to do a day’s work areunacceptable. We recognise the need for effective action, and are working on athree-year Health and Safety Commission partnership programme, designed toreduce work-related violence by 10 per cent.”