What is occupational violence?
Occupational violence is defined as any incident where a worker is physically attacked or threatened in the workplace or during workplace activities.
Within this definition:
- Threat means a statement (verbal) or behaviour that causes a reasonable person to believe they are in danger of being physically attacked.
- Physical attack means the direct or indirect application of force by a person to the body of, or to clothing or equipment worn by, another person where that application creates a risk to health and safety.
The term occupational violence applies to all forms of physical attacks on workers, including but not limited to:
- Striking, kicking, scratching, biting, spitting or any other type of direct physical contact
- Throwing objects
- Attacking with knives, guns, clubs or any other type of weapon
- Rushing, shoving, tripping, grabbing
Taipan has a zero tolerance policy on all/any violence in the workplace.