The estimated number of incidents of violence experienced by workers inEngland and Wales is at its lowest level since 1991, according to the latestBritish Crime Survey. The survey, which is conducted by the Home Office and the Health and SafetyExecutive (HSE) every two years, found that in 2002/03 there were 849,000violent incidents, including threats and physical assaults. The number ofincidents peaked at just over 1.3 million in 1995, and has been on a downwardtrend ever since. Workers in the protective services, such as police officers, are most atrisk, with 14 per cent experiencing violence in 2002/3. Health and social welfare associate professionals, including nurses, medicaland dental practitioners, were also at relatively high risk, at 5 per cent. The overall risk of experiencing actual or threatened violence at work was1.7 per cent, down from 2.7 per cent in 1995 and lower than in 1991, when theoverall risk was 2 per cent. More than two-thirds of workers who had some contact with the public in2002/3 received neither formal training or informal advice on how to deal withviolent or threatening behaviour. Although 81 per cent of staff in protective services received formaltraining, the level of training did not exceed 54 per cent among otherhigh-risk groups. A total of 16 per cent of all staff in contact with members of the publicwere very or fairly worried about being assaulted at work, and 19 per cent werevery or fairly worried about being threatened. Chris Rowe, head of psychosocial issues at the HSE, said: “The apparentfall in the number of incidents since 1995 is encouraging, but the actualnumber of incidents is probably much greater than this, as it is likely thatmany incidents are not reported.” www.hse.gov.uk Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Cases of violence at work decreaseOn 1 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.