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01 July 2001

Essential guidance for safety reps: Violence at Work - a safety rep's guide
Research shows that at least 1.2 million violent incidents take place at work each year, and that anyone who works with the public is at risk.

The latest booklet from the Labour Research Department (LRD) Violence at Work -- a safety rep's guide provides essential guidance for safety reps on an issue that is of increasing concern.

Violence at Work documents the scale of the violence experienced by many workers while going about their daily work. It shows that such violence is not always just about physical assault, but that it often takes the form of threats and abuse which can have an equally devastating effect on those who experience it.

The booklet looks at the causes of violence at work and examines the consequences of workplace violence - both for individual workers who have been victims and for employers. It considers those workers most at risk and outlines the law.

And it gives indispensable information on how to prevent workplace violence and what can be done to tackle violence and aggression at work, looking at guidance from trade unions and the Health and Safety Executive.

Throughout, Violence at Work has a series of handy checklists, enabling safety reps to identify the problems, take preventative action and respond appropriately where violence does occur.

Notes to editors

1. Violence at Work - a safety rep's guide is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?3.30 or ?10.00 for employers/ commercial organisations. LRD Booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?27.75 (?71.00 for employers/commercial organisations). LRD publishes between 10 and 11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent research organisation supporting trade unions. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 56 national unions, representing more than 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.
3. For press enquiries on this booklet contact Sheila Robin, LRD's health and safety researcher, on 020 7902 9826. To place an order phone 020 7928 3649.

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