Know These Critical Elements of Workplace Violence Prevention

Workplace violence is any act or threat of violence toward workers, including verbal abuse, harassment, intimidation, physical assaults and even homicide. It’s a mounting concern in many industries and should be addressed with a written violence prevention plan or within an established injury and illness prevention program.

Key components of a violence prevention plan
Workplace security and violence prevention takes commitment from management, proper communication and training, and a culture of compliance and correction. Below are just a few components of a successful violence prevention program. Visit our Loss Control Toolbox to download a complete sample program.

  • Compliance – a workplace prevention plan should evaluate, recognize and discipline workers based on their compliance with workplace security measures.
  • Communication – a secure workplace must have open, two-way communication between workers and management. Systems should be in place to ensure all workers receive safety and security information – and can easily inform management about security hazards or threats of violence.
  • Hazard assessment/correction – hazard assessments should be performed on a regular schedule for each type of violence (type I, type II, etc.) and any identified hazards should be corrected, based on severity, in a timely manner.
  • Training and instruction – all employees – both management and workers – should be trained on general and job-specific workplace security practices. Training should be provided when a workplace security program is first established and periodically thereafter, as well as to new employees or employees given new job assignments.

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