What is workplace violence?
OSHA (The Occupational, Safety, and Health Administration) defines workplace violence as violence or the threat of violence against workers. It can occur at or outside the workplace and ranges from threats, verbal abuse, and bullying to physical assaults and homicide – the latter being one of the leading causes of job-related deaths.
Why should your organization have a violence prevention program?
The following statistics are compiled from reported incidents. Note: these are not simply incidents of intimidation or situations that cause workers to fear for their safety – they are actual cases of reported violence. Like you, we are aware that many individuals in the workplace have experienced workplace bullies who intimidate and threaten. Not surprisingly such intimidation, bullying, and threats sometimes lead to violent incidents.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Institute on Domestic Violence:
- Homicide is the leading cause of death to women in the workplace.
- Partners and boyfriends commit 13,000 acts of violence against women in the workplace every year.
- In 2002, 609 fatalities resulted from homicides in the workplace.
- In 2001, 17,215 nonfatal injuries resulted from assaults and violent acts by individuals in the workplace.
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), there were 639 workplace homicides in 2001 in the United States, out of 8,786 fatal work injuries.
- During the decade of the 1990s, there were approximately 1.6 million incidents of workplace violence each year.
What are indicators of potential workplace violence?
Incidents of workplace violence are often culminating events that have been brewing over a period – and eventually festering anger explodes. The violent act does not always reflect the action of an employee. An employee’s spouse or significant other, intent upon inflicting damage, may perpetrate the violence. Other disgruntled or grudge-bearing individuals may also pose a possible threat. This group might include vendors, shareholders, clients, and former employees.
Employee Risk Factors
Signs to look for include:
- Increased absenteeism
- Decreased attention to hygiene
- Use of illegal drugs and / or alcohol
- Increasingly depressed
- Episodes of domestic violence
- Paranoid behavior
- Interest in weapons
- Bullying in the workplace
- Perpetual negative demeanor
A combination of several of these risk factors would signal cause for careful scrutiny of an employee’s potential for acting out. For more information regarding this topic, you may contact Off Duty Officers at 888-408-5900.
Companies with sophisticated workplace violence prevention programs in place recognize that certain actions and events call for use of specialists in violence prevention. These events include:
- Shareholder meetings
- Press conferences
- Company gatherings
- Disciplinary actions
What are solutions to workplace violence?
Off Duty Officers, Inc™. offers a cadre of security personnel specifically trained and equipped to deal with violence in the workplace. Our security force – comprised of off duty police officers, retired police officers, as well as military personnel – can provide the services required for businesses seeking workplace violence prevention.
Off Duty Officers, Inc™. is proud of its record in preventing workplace violence, and indeed, in saving lives of potential victims of such violence. Our ten-year history reflects a business presence that offers safety in the workplace. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, midsize companies, and small businesses.
Off Duty Officers is pleased to announce the hiring of Beth Davidson to the newly created position of Director of Client Services. Ms. Davidson brings a long history of corporate and non-profit organizational communications, coordination and marketing at the key executive level to Off Duty Officers. In her new position, Ms. Davidson will be responsible for refining the client experience across all aspects of their interaction with Off Duty Officers including service execution, reporting, administrative coordination and business development. She will work with both existing and new clients in assuring their security solution as executed by Off Duty Officers is proportionate, effective, seamless to administer and confirm.
“We are pleased to make this key hire to assure Off Duty Officers customers receive the highest level of customization and effective execution in the industry,” said CEO Paul Jones. “Beth’s skill set will enhance our already industry leading field supervision and security guard personnel by strengthening our corporate level relationships. Our goal is to make Off Duty Officers is a true partner in assuring our clients’ facilities and functions are safe and secure for their employees, tenants and customers.”
Off Duty Officers Inc. was founded in 1993 and is a leader in providing off duty and retired law enforcement personnel for private security needs. Since its founding Off Duty Officers has expanded to provide both armed and unarmed, off duty and retired law enforcement personnel nationwide. The company’s security services cover the gamut of live security guard applications including standing guard and live patrol, for short and long term coverage, and security for corporate events, workplace violence threats, loss prevention, corporate retreats, charity events, trade shows, executive and celebrity protection, private parties, weddings etc.
For more information or to reach Ms. Davidson contact Off Duty Officers Inc. Contact information can be found on the company’s website www.offdutyofficers.com.
Halloween is a time of year that signifies the coming of Fall. Kids dress up in their cute costumes and parents chase them as they make their way around the neighborhood, collecting candy as they go. The community participates in this spooky holiday with children’s safety as the number one priority. Here are some Halloween safety tips to keep you safe and happy:
1. Stay in a Group
Young children should always have an adult and be in a group. A troop of kids look out for one another and it makes the experience more fun.
2. Information Tags
Put name, address and phone number on your kid. It can be on their costume, bracelet or necklace. There are also GPS trackers that can be monitored by smartphone to find your kid if they happen to wander off.
3. Don’t Enter Homes
As children visit houses for sweets, make sure they know to never enter a home, even if they are asked to by the resident.
4. Follow Traffic Rules
It is understood that people walk in the street while they trick or treat. It is still smart to make sure you and your kids are looking both ways before crossing the road. Flashlights and glow sticks also help drivers see trick or treaters.
5. Pre-Determined Route
Before leaving the house to trick or treat, round up the gang and decide on a route. This makes it easier for everyone to stick together. It’s also easier for parents to keep tabs on their children if they have an idea of where they may be.
6. See Something, Say Something
As a community, we want every child to be safe on Halloween. If you see any behavior that puts you, your kids, or other children at risk, call your local police department immediately.
Long dresses or robes can be a walking hazard for kids. Masks can also make it difficult for kids to see where they are going. Pick costumes that are easy to move around in and provide clear vision.
8. Check Candy
It is always a good idea to check the candy your kids have received. Discard candy that is not factory sealed, smells strange or covered in an unknown substance.
This is a good time to let your kids have access to a smartphone. It helps them reconnect with the group if they get separated. Parents also have a way of contacting their kids if they are out of sight.
10. Stick To Familiar Neighborhoods
It’s easier to trick or treat in an area that you and your kids are familiar with. Setting pre-determined routes and locating each other is much easier when you know your surroundings.
Halloween is a time to bond with your kids and have fun. Keep these tips in mind as you go out and trick or treat this Halloween. Your Halloween safety plan will prepare you if an unexpected event occurs. It will also give you peace of mind knowing that you able to handle the situation if a problem arises.
Safekids has made a fantastic infographic that provides additional information about Halloween safety. Happy Halloween!