How will you respond? Now is the time to start planning.....not after the first shot is fired!
If you answered "no" to any of these questions we can help! IFO Group consultants can quickly and efficiently help you develop a practical and pragmatic strategy to manage your workplace violence risks. Just click on the "Request a Consultation" button on the right side of this page, call us, or send us an email and we'll be happy to provide you with a free consultation to discuss your needs!
There are currently no specific Federal standards for preventing or managing workplace violence risks. However, under the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970, employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that "is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees." The courts have interpreted OSHA's General Duty Clause to mean that an employer has a legal obligation to provide a workplace free of conditions or activities that either the employer or industry recognizes as hazardous and that cause, or are likely to cause, death or serious physical harm to employees when there is a feasible method to abate the hazard.
An employer or industry that has experienced acts of workplace violence, or becomes aware of threats or other indicators showing that the potential for violence in the workplace exists, would be on notice of the risk of workplace violence and should implement a workplace violence prevention program combined with engineering controls, administrative controls, and training. A failure to plan and take actions to prevent and respond to workplace violence and active shooter events clearly exposes an organization to the risks of employee and third party fatalities and injuries, damage to reputation and goodwill, and endless litigation. Don't let this happen to your organization!
There are no easy solutions for managing the risks posed by Active Shooters or other perpetrators of workplace violence but there are numerous control and mitigation measures that can be considered to provide significantly more protection for employees beyond advising them to dial 911. Our consultants have years of experience helping corporate and governmental clients successfully manage the staggering security risks posed by active shooters and other acts of terrorism in the high threat environment of Africa and the Middle East. We've leveraged that experience and applied those hard won lessons learned to pragmatic and practical solutions for our clients in Europe, the Americas, and Asia.
A typical Active Shooter or other workplace violence incident lasts less than 12 minutes and 70% of incidents are over in less than 5 minutes. Do you still think that dialing 911 can be your first and only response to one of these incidents?
These facts make it clear that formal planning and training for managers and employees is absolutely critical in 1) preventing incidents, 2) responding to an incident once the incident starts, and 3) mitigating the consequences.
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We provide active shooter, anti-terrorism, and corporate security consulting and training services across the U.S., Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.