The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new directive for its field agents entitled Enforcement Procedures for Inspecting Incidents of Workplace Violence.

Specifically, the directive “highlights the steps that should be taken in reviewing incidents of workplace violence when considering whether to initiate an inspection in industries that OSHA has identified as susceptible to this hazard.”

The directive encourages field agents to impress upon businesses where a potential for violence exists to develop their own workplace violence prevention programs. It also frees the agents to investigate and, when necessary, recommend citations and fines under OSHA's general duty clause if a business fails to take corrective actions or ignores the issue of violence.

Fortunately, Personnel Concepts has developed a comprehensive but easy-to-follow tool for developing steps to control violence before it occurs. Get your copy of our Workplace Violence Prevention Program today and protect your employees–while protecting yourself against OSHA citations and fines.