Personal Safety

All employers have a duty of care to their employees, as well as a legal responsibility to protect their safety at work, by preventing or reducing risks of harm.

What is personal safety in the workplace?

Personal safety is not just about employees’ physical safety, but also their psychological safety. It covers protection from the threat or fear of physical and emotional abuse including bullying, aggression, hostility and harassment.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 sets out duties for both employers and employees in relation to work-related violence and personal safety. The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination at work and also provides a framework for employees to take their employer to an employment tribunal.

Abuse at work can happen on your premises, in a public place or out in the community. The risk of abuse can be from managers and colleagues, members of the public or customers, depending on the role. Some roles may place employees at a higher risk of violence and aggression, such as health care professionals, lone workers or housing officers.

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