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.