Tragically, mass shootings seem to be all the rage in America. The latest occurred last Friday morning outside New York City's Empire State Building. The shooter was a disgruntled ex-employee targeting his former coworkers.
Do you have a plan in your workplace for a shooting or other emergency? If not, OSHA offers a comprehensive guide for putting together an emergency action plan. According to OSHA, "the best way" to protect your business and your employees "is to prepare to respond to an emergency before it happens." Part of that preparation is the drafting of, implementation of, and training your employees about an emergency action plan.
The other part, though, is creating a culture in your workplace to deter violence, or spot potential violence, before it can happen. How can you accomplish this culture?
As with most issues in the workplace, the proverbial ounce of prevention really matters. While there exists no foolproof way to protect your workplace against the kinds of tragedies that we've seen lately, these few steps can go a long way to putting you in the best place to deter and respond.
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