What should an anti-violence policy include?

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Q. We do not have a workplace violence policy and would like to prepare one. What should we include in the policy?

A. Your workplace violence policy should, at a minimum, contain the following provisions:  

1. State your commitment to preventing violence in the workplace and maintaining a safe working environment. Your policy should also state that you have zero tolerance for violence, which may include threats, harassment and intimidation.

2.  Include procedures for addressing violent behavior. This may include steps employees should take to report violent behavior or other safety concerns and an assurance of confidentiality (to the extent practicable).

3. Include a disciplinary component for employees who violate the policy.

Make sure the policy is accessible to employees. Distribute it to employees through the employee handbook, as well as through internal online media. Provide training to employees and managers so they are aware of and understand their duties under the policy.

Regularly review and update your policy as necessary.

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