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The NIOSH workplace violence research prevention initiative.

Jenkins EL; Hartley D; Bowyer ME; Anderson KR
NOIRS 2003-Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2003, October 28-30, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2003 Oct; :43
Homicide accounted for 639 (11 %) of the occupational injury deaths in the US. in 2001; these numbers exclude the 2,886 workers killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks. In addition, there were an estimated 1.7 million nonfatal workplace victimizations each year from 1993 to 1999. NIOSH has been conducting research on workplace violence issues since its first publication of national data on workplace homicide in 1988. In 2002, NIOSH was charged by the U.S. Congress to "develop an intramural and extramural prevention research program that will target all aspects of workplace violence." Building upon existing work, NIOSH has developed a number of efforts to enhance existing knowledge regarding the nature and magnitude of workplace violence, risk factors, and prevention strategies. Among these is analysis of data on nonfatal victimizations that include, for the first time, detailed information on industry and occupation of the victim as well as specific information on the relationship of the victim to the offender from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCYS). The collection of these improved data was funded by NIOSH and is now part of the ongoing NCYS. Additionally, a Workplace Risk Supplement was appended to the NCYS during January through June of 2002. These data will allow description of workplace violence policies and training as well as perceptions of safety and security for a cross-section of US. workers. NIOSH has also launched a survey of workers treated in hospital emergency departments for a work-related assault injury. Five new research grants have been funded addressing a range of high risk settings. A Federal Interagency Task Force that includes participation from the Departments of Labor, Justice, the Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. Secret Service, and others has been formed to provide a forum for coordinating research and prevention activities at the Federal level.
Work-environment; Injuries; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Traumatic-injuries; Workplace-monitoring; Injury-prevention; Risk-factors; Safety-measures; Emergency-care
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Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
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NOIRS 2003-Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2003, October 28-30, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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