Violence At Work – It’s not part of the Job!

Published June 21, 2016 at 11:56

Violence At Work

It’s not part of the job!

UNISON is committed to tackling the issue of violence at work.

 What is Violence at Work?

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) defines violence at work as “any incident in which an employee is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to work”. This means verbal abuse or threats count just as much as physical attacks. Physical attacks can cause anxiety and distress and in more serious cases, pain, disability or even death. Serious and persistent verbal abuse may damage worker’s health through anxiety and distress leading to depression, reduced morale and increased sickness absence. In addition, worry about violence at work, even for workers who do not directly experience it, can be a source of stress.

It is also important to remember work-related violence is not limited to the actual workplace and can take place in the community, to and from work, in isolated areas or even at the home of a worker.


Violence at work is not acceptable and is not part of your contract of employment!

 Please ensure you report any instances of violence or aggression immediately.

 Have you recently looked at the Blackburn with Darwen guidance on Violence and Aggression?

The employer has a duty to protect the health and safety of its employees. This applies to risks from violence just as it does to other risks at work.

If you would like to discuss any issues please contact:

Tracey McKeown  –  UNISON’s H&S Branch Officer on 01254 585487 or your local H&S Rep.

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