Keep Employees Safe and Prevent Workplace Violence!
More than 150 million Americans go to work. Of that total, some two million each year report violence at the workplace – physical, intimidating, harassing, threatening violence. It affects the employees, their supervisors, clients, and customers. It ranges from non-deadly verbal abuse to very deadly homicide. In fact, there were more than 4,000 fatal injuries in the U.S workplace in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; more than 500 were homicides.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970 states that employees have a right to safety and should be able to work in a place that is free from hazards that could cause physical harm or death.
According to interpretation by U.S. courts, that means an employer is legally obliged to make sure that the workplace does indeed keep the worker from those hazards and many businesses have lost large lawsuits for failing to take reasonable measures to prevent workplace violence. As a result, many companies are now turning to security professionals in order to help them prevent workplace violence at times when the risk is high.
We can help you prevent workplace violence and keep your employees safe!
In most places of employment, the day to day hazards can be minimized. The best starting place to prevent workplace violence is a strict “no violence” policy by all employers. It should be evident and very clear that violence of any kind by any of the workers – and that includes employers and anyone from the outside such as a client, contractor, or visitor – is not to be tolerated and will be swiftly dealt with.
Employers should set up a workplace anti-violence program that is as evident as the employee handbook or manual of operating procedures. If you, as the employer, chief, or supervisor on the line, hold periodic meetings to discuss methods of operation, include the non-violence policy in your delivery.
A security consultant can prevent workplace violence by helping you set up a comprehensive program that will keep your employees safe and productive as well as providing services when needed.
Employees can prevent workplace violence by reporting incidents immediately!
x Take the time to inspect your place of work – Be aware of isolated areas that may become places for unwanted or violent behavior.
x Make sure all working areas are well lit.
x Is there someone employees can go to to vent frustrations?
x Be aware of psychological triggers that can make an employee more prone to workplace violence.