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Securing the Workplace Before Tragedy Strikes

According to the OSHA workplace violence fact sheet

Nearly two million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year.

Workers who are at increased risk include those who:

  • exchange money with the public

  • deliver passengers, goods, or services

  • work alone or in small groups, during late night or early morning hours

Specific workers at risk for violence include:

  • health-care and social service workers such as visiting nurses, psychiatric evaluators, and probation officers; community workers such as gas and water utility employees, phone and cable TV installers, and letter carriers

  • retail workers

  • taxi drivers

Employees who commit acts of workplace violence usually exhibit a pattern of several behaviors, including:

  • A history of emotional disturbance, paranoia or easily panicked behavior.

  • A history of threatening or violent behavior.

  • Fascination or preoccupation with weapons, especially those that could be used for mass destruction, such as explosives or semi-automatic guns.

  • Extreme stress from personal problems or life crises.

  • Being a loner – little or no interaction with fellow employees.

  • Feelings of being persecuted, continually blaming others for problems and failures.

  • Engaging in frequent disputes with supervisors or co-workers.

If you’re an employer, security is a company benefit that prevents losses and keeps the organization thriving. It’s good business. It’s a sound investment in your company’s future.

If you’re an employee, security is as much a part of your benefit package as medical insurance or vacation policy. As a vital contributor to the organization’s success, you have the right to the safest, most secure workplace possible. You also have a strong part to play in making this a reality.

Employees and employers working together can improve workplace security by following guidelines outlined by the FBI:

  • Adopting a workplace violence policy and prevention program and communicating the policy and program to and among employees.

  • Providing regular training in preventive measures for all new/current employees, supervisors, and managers.

  • Supporting, not punishing, victims of workplace or domestic violence.

  • Adopting and practicing fair and consistent disciplinary procedures.

  • Fostering a climate of trust and respect among workers and between employees and management.

  • When necessary, seeking advice and assistance from outside resources, including threat-assessment psychologists, psychiatrists and other professionals, social service agencies, and law enforcement.

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