Many companies have decided in recent years to implement internal policies regarding workplace violence. Typically, these policies include such items as what employees should do if they witness violence and/or hear threats concerning violence in the workplace. Some workplace violence policies also address what investigative efforts management will use upon receiving notice that an alleged […]
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Bullying comes in all shapes and sizes. Usually, when people think of bullying, they envision a kid getting picked on by older peers on the playground or someone spreading rumors online. In reality, 82% of bullying occurs in peer-to-peer situations, which can continue into adulthood and even into the workplace.
Workplace violence is not industry specific and happen to workers in any organizations. With that in mind, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) recently reaffirmed that workplace violence is a recognizable hazard and reminds employers that they are responsible for protecting employees from assaults and homicides.
A well-constructed hazard assessment is one of the most important tools for preventing workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. They help analyze potential situations to determine the risks they pose, and provide security teams with the data to decide how best to contain and control those risks. Unfortunately, one increasingly common hazard has thus far defied […]
An unfortunate emerging issue for employers is the rise of workplace shootings. Even courts and judges have taken note in their judicial opinions that workplace violence is increasing. Of course, employees may be exposed to different degrees of violence at work. Workplace shootings are on the extreme end of the spectrum.
Let’s say you have your workplace violence prevention plan in place, and you are conducting the training outlined in your plan. Part of the plan should include strategies for your workers to avoid harm. Here are four key tips to offer your workers should they be confronted with violence at your facility.
Every security officer’s top priority is to keep their facilities and workforce safe. While advances in technological solutions such as access control and surveillance systems have helped accomplish that goal, they are not completely fail safe. According to security experts, when creating a good security plan to deal with for their organizations, security officers need […]
A number of behavioral factors can come together to make the healthcare environment a difficult place to keep secure. Despite new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines designed to specifically enhance the safety of healthcare workers, new access control and visitor policies, and required violence reporting procedures by staff to the leadership teams, the […]
On April 3, 2018, an active shooter situation unfolded on the YouTube campus in San Bruno, California. The shooter, Nasim Aghdam attacked due to her anger over a change in policy that limited which content creators could monetize their videos through advertising revenue.
At BLR’s 2019 Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium, which took place on March 14–15 in San Antonio, Texas, Civility Partners founder and CEO Catherine Mattice-Zundel, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, delivered a session urging employers to broaden their approach to workplace violence prevention. She encouraged employers to be proactive in how they address incivility, bullying, and harassment before they […]