Developing a Violence Prevention Program

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Developing a Violence Prevention Program

OSHA recommends that a workplace violence prevention program should include the following elements:
  • Management commitment and employee involvement
  • Work-site analysis
  • Hazard prevention and control
  • Training and education
  • Record keeping and evaluation of program
In addition, the FBI recommends including the following to any violence prevention plan:
  • A statement of the employer’s no threats and violence policy and complementary policies such as those regulating harassment and drug and alcohol use.
  • A physical security survey and assessment of premises.
  • Procedures for addressing threats and threatening behavior.
  • Designation and training of an incident response team.
  • Access to outside resources, such as threat assessment professionals.
  • Training of different management and employee groups.
  • Crisis response measures.
  • Consistent enforcement of behavioral standards, including effective disciplinary procedures.
There is no "one size fits all" violence prevention program. Each facility should develop its program based on its needs, size, number of employees, number of patients and visitors it can host, location of the facility, etc.