This general risk assessment and arrangements covers the incidence of violence at work, which includes the use of both physical and physiological force, whether the instigator of the violence is a fellow employee (regardless of status), an employee of another organisation or a member of the public.

Physical force against an individual is an obvious example of violence, but it can also take the form of verbal abuse and threats, threatening gestures and sexual harassment.

An assessment of the risk of violence to staff is likely to form part of a wider activity assessment, but the principles outlined here can be incorporated into another assessment.

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