After studying the twenty-seven state guidelines and also new guidance from
OSHA on how to prevent workplace violence incidents,
Here are 5 tips of what areas to work on in your organization:
1. Redo Policies – Make sure you have a clear ‘no weapons’ policy and make
employees sign a pledge when they join the organization.
2. Dynamic Awareness Training – Make sure that EVERY employee attends
a training program about workplace violence issues, whether it’s 1 hour or
4 hours annually. But boring computer training is not enough.
3. Do a Baseline Violence Assessment – See where your organization
rates compared to other companies and see how closely you match to
new standards and guidelines on Workplace Violence issues.
4. Require Employees to Report Every Incident – Communicate to employees
that they are required to report EVERY incident, whether it is domestic
violence at work, Patient violence, or anything else. Be tough!
5. Use Incident Tracking – Work with both Security and HR to make sure
every incident is tracked for analysis, and all employees know where and how
to report incidents