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NIOSH Alert: Request for Assistance in Preventing Homicide in the Workplace

CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) periodically issues alerts on workplace hazards that have caused death, serious injury, or illness to workers. One such alert, Request for Assistance in Preventing Homicide in the Workplace (1), was recently published and is available to the public. *

From 1980 through 1989, occupational homicides accounted for approximately 7600 deaths -- 12% of all deaths from injury in the workplace (2). During this period, homicide was the third leading cause of death from injury in the workplace and was the leading cause of occupational death from injury for women. Guns were used in 75% of all occupational homicides. No current Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations apply specifically to occupational homicide.

Many employers and workers may be unaware of the risk for occupational homicide. High-risk occupations are taxicab drivers/chauffeurs, law enforcement officers, hotel clerks, gas station workers, security guards, stock handlers/baggers, store owners/managers, and bartenders. This alert contains recommendations for preventing occupational homicides.

References

  1. NIOSH. NIOSH alert: request for assistance in preventing homicide in the workplace. Cincinnati: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, CDC, NIOSH, 1993; DHHS publication no. (NIOSH)93-109.

  2. NIOSH. Fatal injuries to workers in the United States, 1980- 1989: a decade of surveillance -- national profile. Cincinnati: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, CDC, NIOSH, 1993; DHHS publication no. (NIOSH)93-108.

    • Single copies of this document are available without charge from the Publications Office, NIOSH, CDC, Mailstop C-13, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998; telephone (800) 356-4674; fax (513) 533-8573.

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