Experts say that employers should continue to work under Obama-era guidance regarding workplace violence, as the Trump administration has not rescinded it. OSHA enforces safety standards to prevent workplace violence through its general duty clause, and the agency has used industry guidance, employer policies and its own guidance on workplace violence to demonstrate that the hazard is recognized in the industry — a necessary component for a citation under the general duty clause. Retail and healthcare are the industries most likely to face scrutiny for failure to provide a reasonably secure workplace, because these industries are especially prone to violence. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers show that fewer than 30 percent of private employers had workplace violence prevention programs and only about 20 percent provided workplace violence prevention training.
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