FBI to Offer Tool to Combat Workplace Violence

The FBI has developed a Workplace Violence Monograph, which is a tool to increase knowledge of potential warning signs of workplace violence and raise awareness of the overall issue.

The monograph was created in response to a symposium convened during June 2002 by the FBI. The symposium consisted of 150 recognized experts in workplace violence and violent behavior, including occupational health and safety professionals, law enforcement, government, victim services, the military, academia and mental health professionals. The monograph is based on the findings and recommendations of this symposium.

"There is not one absolute factor that predisposes an individual to workplace violence. Managers and employees should be familiar with each potential warning sign, but look at a totality of factors including the work environment, the employee's home-life and his or her behavior as a whole," said Eugene A. Rugala, supervisory special agent for the FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. "Companies that have a workplace violence prevention and education program are much better prepared to catch and prevent a dangerous situation before it occurs. With tools like the FBI monograph and professional associations like the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) encouraging proper company training programs, we are moving a step further to a safer and more productive workplace."

Company management, occupational health and safety professionals, employees and the general public will be able to access the FBI monograph via the Web at www.aaohn.org and at www.fbi.gov after Jan. 1, 2004.

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