Work-related violence

This policy statement is intended as a supplement to the information contained within the University general policy on risk assessment.  It recognises that some tasks undertaken by employees of the University may involve association with persons who could be violent; violence in this context being taken as ‘any incident in which a person is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work’. The risk of violence at work requires assessment in the same way as the risk of exposure to hazardous substances or the risk of slipping and falling, and heads of departments and institutions should identify the employees who might be affected by violence whilst at work.