is a serious problem that all employers must be prepared to address. Issues include analyzing what incidents are likely to trigger violence in the workplace; whether workplace violence policies can apply to verbal threats; what to do in cases of actual fighting or physical violence; and even outside events like domestic violence situations.
1. What can employers do to prepare for a workplace emergency?
Develop a plan of attack. Have these procedures in place before a crisis occurs:
Make a list of what you must take with you if your building had to be evacuated. In the event of a bomb threat or fire alarm, you may have only seconds to decide, and authorities may not allow personnel back into the building for hours or days.
Pinpoint internal and external resources. Do you have employees trained in CPR? Is anyone a volunteer firefighter or ambulance worker? Is there a hospital, blood bank, or ...(register to read more)
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