Violence in the workplace or active threats to organizations is a serious safety and health issue. Its most extreme form, homicide, is the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injury in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), there were 521 workplace homicides in the preliminary count of 2009 in the United States, out of a total of 4,349 fatal work injuries.
The Peachtree City Police Department would like to announce a new on-site training program for all businesses and agencies in Peachtree City. This training program involves a site inspection with recommendations, practical exercises to educate employers and employees in order to minimize the likelihood of violence in the workplace by being alert to the indicators of active threats, and effective ways to deal with potentially dangerous situations.
The program offered by the Peachtree City Police Department will:
Workplace violence can be any act of physical violence, threats of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening, disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. Workplace violence can affect or involve employees, visitors, or contractors. A number of different actions in the work environment can trigger or cause workplace violence. It may even be the result of non-work-related situations such as domestic violence or “road rage.” Workplace violence can be inflicted by an abusive employee, a manager, supervisor, co-worker, customer, family member, or even a stranger. Whatever the cause or whoever the perpetrator, workplace violence is not to be accepted or tolerated. However, there is no sure way to predict human behavior and, while there may be warning signs, there is no specific profile of a potentially dangerous individual. The best prevention comes from identifying any problems early and dealing with them
Video of active threat and active shooter training exercises (click here)