The following is a list of warning signs that an individual could become violent. Remember that you have the right to a safe and healthy work environment.
- Case folder indicates previous history of violence
- Makes hostile remarks
- Seems distracted
- Has difficulty concentrating
- Appears anxious, upset, or depressed
- Speech disjointed, doesn’t make sense
- Body language: combative stance, makes fists, wild gestures, pacing, etc.
- Personal appearance unkempt or markedly different than usual
- Dressed inappropriately for climate/weather, such as heavy clothes in summer or light clothes in winter
- Makes repeated phone calls expressing rage, anger, or threats or claims that s/he is not receiving services to which they believe s/he is entitled
- Refuses to take medication
- History of drug or alcohol abuse
Remember! Violence at the workplace is a serious problem and should be identified, assessed, and controlled–just like any other workplace hazard. If you are concerned about violence at work, talk to your co-workers, health and safety committee, union representatives, and employer.