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OSHA recommends employees take personal safety classes to mitigate the risk of workplace violence

At no time has the growing concern about workplace violence been as high as it is now, with more and more workers returning to brick and mortar workplaces in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Employers and employees alike should anticipate the increased risk of workplace violence by a co-worker, subordinate, customer, or client associated with the ongoing mental, psychological and in some cases physical distress the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has caused, as people attempt to adjust to a "new normal."

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides tips on how to minimize the risk of workplace violence. Amongst other recommendations, OSHA suggests employees undergo personal safety training as a way to stop workplace violence in its tracks.

According to OSHA, such training will help employees avoid becoming victimized by workplace violence by learning of the signs of potential violence before it erupts. OSHA also finds that personal safety training can help employees learn how to diffuse violent situations before they escalate.

For more information on workplace violence prevention and how to avoid becoming another statistic, visit OSHA's official website here:

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