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Hiring for Safety Campaign: Violence Prevention



The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines workplace violence as any physical assault, threatening behavior or verbal abuse occurring in the work setting. Establishing a workplace violence prevention program is an important way of helping to keep your employees safe. In addition, your employees will be more comfortable and productive knowing your workplace has policies and procedures in place to guard against threats to their safety.

Steps for Establishing a Violence Prevention Program

There are many different approaches for developing a workplace violence prevention program. An approach that works well for one organization may not be suitable for another. However, with extensive planning and effective program management, organizations can dramatically reduce incidents of workplace violence.

All organizations should take the following steps to develop a workplace violence prevention program:

  1. Assess the organization's current ability to handle potentially violent situations. Specifically, examine these areas:
    • Physical security
    • Pre-employment screening programs
    • Termination practices
    • Outplacement procedures
  2. Identify the in-house resources and skill levels needed for addressing a workplace violence incident, and provide training if skill levels are deficient.
    • Each job classification should identify the positions responsible and accountable for your organization's safety program.
  3. Develop a written workplace violence prevention policy that includes:
    • Definitions
    • Incident reporting procedures
    • Response plans
  4. Develop a crisis plan.
  5. Provide initial and annual training to employees.
  6. Establish a schedule for periodically conducting mock simulations.

For more information on building a violence prevention program and other useful information and tips, visit our Hiring for Safety site today. Accident Fund policyholders can also log into our website for a variety of additional safety tools.

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