Combating Workplace Violence. Guidelines for Employers and Law Enforcement
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE ALEXANDRIA VA
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Violence in the workplace can have devastating effects on the productivity of organizations and on the quality of life of employees. However, relatively few employers have established effective programs to combat this problem. Similarly, while the police role in combating workplace violence is increasing, few departments have modified their existing training, policies, or practices to reflect those changes. The purpose of this document is to provide employers and law enforcement with guidelines on the steps they should consider to help reduce certain workplace violence hazards. The document focuses on violence committed by non-strangers e.g., coworkers, bosses, clients, domestic partners within a common worksite e.g., factory, office, shop, construction site. It is important to note that many forms of workplace violence are not addressed, such as robbery, terrorism, and assaults while employees are working off-site. It is crucial that employers also take into consideration the possibility of those acts occurring and take action to minimize the hazards stemming from those crimes. Contact your local police department, insurance representative, OSHA office, security professional, or any of the applicable sources on page 22 for more information on how to reduce those hazards. The guidelines for employers and police departments are presented in separate sections. The law enforcement guidelines were developed with input from over 300 chiefs and command level officers representing large, medium, and small departments. The employer guidelines also reflect input from hundreds of subject matter experts and practitioners, including business owners managers supervisors lawyers and security, personnel, human resource, threat assessment, and employee assistance specialists.
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