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Workplace Violence – Preparation and Training for Emergencies

The news is filled with workplace violence incidences on an all too regular basis. Preparing for an emergency in the workplace is a daunting task, but thorough planning and training can be the difference between life and death if an emergency happens at your business.

According to the National Safety Council, each year, 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 data states that fatal work injuries involving violence and other injuries by persons or animals increased by 163 cases to 866 in 2016. Workplace homicides increased by 83 cases to 500 in 2016, and workplace suicides increased by 62 to 291. This is the highest homicide figure since 2010 and the most suicides since Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) began reporting data in 1992. Workplace violence can happen anywhere and at any time, without warning. Understanding workplace violence and having a thorough plan in place is vital to help keep your employees, customers and the public safe. And this is where SCATS comes in to help.

At SCATS, we offer free training courses throughout the year on workplace violence. We have the expertise to help guide Nevada businesses on the best practices and critical planning needed to ensure that your company has a plan in place for a worst-case scenario event.

During the month of June, we are offering our WORKPLACE VIOLENCE AWARENESS course in Elko on June 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and in Las Vegas on June 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This class offers a comprehensive overview of violent behavior in the workplace and includes individual and group participant activities. Participants are introduced to the dimensions of violence, aggression and the precursors to workplace violence. We’ll also discuss regulatory measures and OSHA’s commitment to combating violence in the workplace. We will also focus on: categories of violent behavior, fundamental concepts of physical security, and a systems approach to target hardening and prevention – reduction strategies. To learn more, please visit our training page.

We offer free consultation services and can help you evaluate your existing workplace violence and emergency plan or help you create a new one for your company. To take advantage of this free and confidential service, please request a consultation here.

Workplace violence can happen in any industry. Being prepared and knowing what to look for before an emergency happens may be critical in an emergency.

Let us be your partner and help you be prepared.