OSH-6 Reduce work-related assaults

National Data Source
National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-Work Supplement (NEISS-WORK); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and Consumer Prodcut Safety Commission (CDC/NIOSH and CPSC)
Current Population Survey (CPS); U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (Census and DOL/BLS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
per 10,000 
Baseline (Year)
8.4 (2007)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of emergency department treated injuries and illnesses among workers aged 15 years and older attributed to assaults and violent acts by person(s) (BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) code 61) (see Comments)
Average annual hours at work for workers aged 15 years and older
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Adapted from HP2010 objective


Methodology Notes

An estimated 121,000 workers were treated in hospital emergency departments for work-related assaults in 2007. Work-related assaults can occur in any job setting, but are especially common in jobs that involve interaction with the public. Most work-related violence is associated with crime, such as robbery, and violence from clients, customers, or patients. Workplaces factors can be modified to reduce or eliminate work-related assaults.

A revised OIICS system will be used for 2011 data. Although there will be changes in the OIICS numbering system and structure, it is anticipated that comparable data will be available in 2011 and later.

Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020
This objective differs from Healthy People 2010 objective 20-6, which tracked work-related assaults using data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey. This objective tracks emergency department visits for work-related assaults using data from the NEISS and CPS. Consequently, the Healthy People 2010 and 2020 rates are not comparable.

References and More Information

  1. NIOSH. Workplace violence prevention strategies and research needs. Cincinnati, OH: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. NIOSH (DHHS) Pub. No. 2006-144.