The Latest Workplace Violence Resources for Employers

The Latest Workplace Violence Resources for Employers

By Robert Capwell

Workplace violenceThe October publication of the Workplace Violence Prevention eReport was just released from the National Institution for the Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc.  The publication includes several reports of workplace violence incidents and includes education resources to better prepare employers and the public in case of an unthinkable act of violence in the workplace. 

States, cities, and schools are being proactive these days and are offering resources for the public to prepare and to act quickly in an active shooter situation.  The West Virginia Bureau of Risk and Insurance Management offers free training for both public and private employers to reduce potential risks.  The program emphasizes the “run, hide, and fight” tactic, which was introduced in a video created by the City of Houston. The video demonstrates scenarios of what to do during an active shooter situation.  Even institutions such as Penn State University are creating video segments to help campus students learn the latest tactics for survival during a shooter event, which are covered in the Workplace Violence Prevention eReport.  

The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) conducted a survey, released in February of 2012, “SHRM Survey Findings: Workplace Violence”.  The survey uncovered that 36% of employer respondents reported incidents of workplace violence. An incident of workplace violence is defined as “an assault and other violent acts or threats that occur in or are related to the workplace and entail a substantial risk of physical or emotional harm to individuals or damage to company resources or capabilities.  Workplace violence may involve employees, clients, and vendors of affected organization as well as those who do not have a relationship with the organization but who may know the intended victims.”  The study provides further insight into the experiences of employers as it relates to workplace violence.

In 2011, The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and ASIS International published the Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention Standard” in collaboration with the American National Standards Institute, Inc. This Standard provides an overview of protocols, procedures, and policies that any organization can adopt to help identify and prevent threatening behavior and violence affecting the workplace.  The publication outlines how to better address and resolve threats and violence that have already occurred. EBI’s Chief Knowledge Officer, Robert Capwell, was one of the contributing authors of this Standard.  The publication includes employment background screening and drug testing as a preventative technique in reducing the threats of potential workplace violence.  You can purchase the Standard directly from SHRM, ASIS, or online retailers.

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About the Author

Robert Capwell

Robert Capwell

EBI’s Chief Knowledge Officer, Mr. Robert E. Capwell, is considered one of the leading experts in the background screening industry with over 22 years of experience in the field. Mr. Capwell was a contributing author of the second edition of the ASIS Pre-employment Background Screening Guidelines and has written numerous articles and whitepapers for various publications including a periodic column on background screening for The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Online. He has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Human Resource Executive Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, and several HR-related publications. Mr. Capwell speaks regularly to industry colleagues and HR Professionals both nationally and internationally.

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