News Release USDL: 96-266
Thursday, July 5, 1996
Contact: Susan Hall Fleming (202) 219-8151
OSHA Extends Comment Deadline On Draft Night Retail
Violence Guidelines To Sept. 30
In response to requests from stakeholders, the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) is extending to Sept. 30 the deadline for
public comments on its draft "Guidelines for Workplace
Violence Prevention Programs for Night Retail
OSHA issued the draft guidelines on April 5.
Workplace violence is the number one cause of
occupational fatalities for working women and
the number two cause for men. According to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics, about half the 1,071
workplace homicides in 1994 took place during
robberies of retail establishments.
The guidelines address the six risk factors
for workplace homicide that the National Institute
for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) identified
in 1993. Those factors, all of which are usually
present in night retail establishments, include:
* Exchange of money with the public,
* Working alone or in small numbers,
* Working late at night or during early morning hours,
* Working in high-crime areas,
* Guarding valuable property or possessions, and
* Working in community settings.
With its draft, OSHA is offering both policy
recommendations and practical suggestions employers
can use to prevent attacks on employees in the workplace.
According to the draft, a workplace violence prevention
program should include the elements of any good safety
and health program: management commitment and employee
involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention
and control and training and education.
OSHA intends the guidelines to be advisory in
nature and informational in content and is
seeking public comments to develop effective
recommendations for the night retail industry.
In March, the agency issued final violence
prevention guidelines for the health care and
social service industries where nearly two-thirds
of nonfatal assaults occur.
Copies of the draft document are available on the
Internet at http://www.osha.gov under "What's New."
Single printed copies are available by mail, to
requestors who send a self-addressed label to
OSHA Publications, P.O. Box 37535, Washington,
D.C. 20013-7535, telephone (202) 219-4667, fax
Comments should be sent, no later than Sept.
30, 1996, to Patricia D. Biles, Workplace Violence
Program Coordinator, Department of Labor/OSHA, Room N3107,
200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.