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Workplace Violence Prevention Planning

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Have a Plan

Every organization should have a workplace violence prevention plan in place to help avoid a tragic event. Workplace violence happens every day and businesses who are prepared are better positioned to help prevent, respond and recover. Work with leaders at all levels to develop a plan that works best for your organization as there is not a one-size-fits-all approach.

  

The Policy

  • Include key definitions in the policy so all employees understand your organization’s classification of workplace violence.workplace violence
  • While the list of warning signs is ongoing, mention some of the most common.
  • List who is involved in your Threat Management Team to show the key leaders involved in your plan creation.
  • Create an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Note whom witnesses of a violent act should contact internally, in addition to police.

  

Training and Drills

  • Within your policy, highlight the importance of training. Mock exercises are the most effective method of workplace violence training.
  • Drill at least annually with all of your staff.
  • Coordinate your efforts with local law enforcement and emergency responders, as they will play a large role in a real-life event.
  • Identify the successes and failures of your drills and then reassess.

  

Recovery Preparations

  • Develop procedures for handling media requests.
  • Regularly update employee contact lists including emergency contacts.
  • Record the nearest medical facilities and points of contact.
  • Identify corporate and community resources for employee assistance.
  • Document business contingency plans if your facility needs to shut down.

  

For more workplace violence prevention planning resources:

USDA Handbook on Workplace Violence Prevention and Response
LP Magazine
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