Prevent Violence and Threats in the Workplace
OSHA recommended elements of an effective violence prevention program:
American National Standard Institutes Elements of a Workplace Violence Prevention Program:
So what do you need to look for?
Types of Serious Injuries and Deaths from Workplace Violence – so you must do something immediately
Attempts to cause physical harm, i.e.., striking, pushing, or other aggressive acts against another person
Other Aggressive Acts To Consider… here you must do something soon
When dealing with disgruntled employees it is recommended that you follow these communication tips to reduce the chance of a violent incident.
In a study done by the FBI of a 160 active shooter incidents in the United States between 2000 – 2013
There is case law that specifically suggests employers are responsible for not responding to probable threat patterns, even if committed by an outside 3rd party. (OSHA ruling of shooting at Univ. of Pitt. Psych Clinic in March of 2012)
The 2013 report commissioned by OSHA says that Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center didn’t put enough emphasis on protecting its employees from attacks. It went on to say that workplace violence prevention efforts are completely overshadowed by patient safety at the hospital. The clinic has subsequently spent about $10 million to upgrade security and workplace safety.
So what do we know about an active shooter?
Triggering events that could lead to violent acts of aggression.
Other things to now about an active shooter