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February 18, 2014

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Last decade sees decline in violence at work

The number of violent incidents at work has declined over the last decade, according to statistics from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW). 

The survey, which has been carried out since 1982, shows that between 2002/03 and 2012/13 overall violence at work has reduced by 28 per cent, with assaults reduced by 25 per cent and threats reduced by 30 per cent.
However, the findings show that over the last four years the incident rate has remained stable at 1.4 per cent. In 2012/13, 323,000 adults of working age in employment experience work-related violence, including threats and physical assault.
The term ‘violence’ is used in this report to refer to both assaults and threats (including verbal threats). The respondents include women aged between 16 and 59 and men aged between 16 and 64 who said they were either an employee or self-employed.
According to the CSEW, the occupational groups most at risk are those in the protective service occupations (such as police officers) at 7.6 per cent, over five times the average risk. 
Health care professionals and health and social care specialists also had a higher than average risk at 3.9 per cent and 3.5 per cent respectively. 
The survey shows that for incidents of assault just over half (51 per cent) resulted in a physical injury, with the most common injury being minor bruising or a black eye (28 per cent).  However, in the majority of incidents, respondents did not consider the violence to be influence by either alcohol or drugs. 
The full results of the survey are available at

What makes us susceptible to burnout?

In this episode  of the Safety & Health Podcast, ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

We provide an insight on how to tackle burnout and why mental health is such a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace.


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