Glossary of Terms and Definitions

Glossary Term: Assault


involves any act, gesture, or attempt to apply force that gives an employee reasonable cause to believe there is a risk of injury, whether or not an injury (physical or psychological) occurs. Examples of assault include: kicking, hitting, biting, grabbing, pinching, scratching, or spitting; injuring a person by using an object such as a chair, or a weapon such as a knife, gun, or blunt instrument; verbal hostility and abuse.
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