Workplace Violence Prevention Planning


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.

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The Policy

  • Include key definitions in the policy so all employees understand your organization’s classification of 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