Workplace Violence: Be Prepared: Businesses and Employees Should Also Be Trained and Prepared for Violence
West Central Tribune (04/13/14) Lange, Carolyn
Vikki Sanders, a member of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s workplace violence prevention resource center, says that businesses should train their employees to be prepared to handle incidences of violence in the workplace. Though businesses are responsible for ensuring the safety of their employees, Sanders noted that most do not have a plan that would guide the response to an active shooter. During a recent presentation, Sanders detailed a new campaign developed by the Department of Homeland Security to encourage businesses to develop such plans. The campaign urges employees to follow three tips: run, hide, and fight. The first priority is for employees to get out of the building or the shooter’s line of fire and call 911, but if that is not possible, employees are advised to hide, silence their cell phones and remain as quiet as possible. The last resort, according to the campaign, is to fight against the shooter with whatever is available, though this action is only to be considered if an employee is cornered with no escape route. Sanders noted that another part of the campaign focuses on ways to prevent workplace violence, including listening to all employee concerns and not discounting any potential threats made against an employee or the organization.