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Safety signs could tackle workplace violence

23rd November 2010 | Warning Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls.

Customer-facing businesses in Wales will receive help and guidance on how to deal with aggression and violence in their workplaces, which could see the use of safety stickers and safety signs.

In a joint operation between Powys County Council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), officers will visit shops, clubs, pubs and takeaways as part of the regulator's national campaign, Managing Violence and Aggression in the Workplace.

Statistics show that one worker is attacked or threatened every minute of the shopping day, the council said, with people often having to take time off work as a result.

"Businesses shouldn't have to accept work-related violence as being 'part of the job' and the aim of the project is to raise awareness of the range of measures that can be taken to address aggression and violence, thereby contributing to efforts to reduce the effects of stress at work," councillor Graham Brown said.

Mr Brown added that "simple measures" can be taken to reduce the risk of crime.

According to the HSE, the layout, security and general environment of premises all play a part in the risk of violence in the workplace.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800250755-ADNFCR

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