You Can Help Prevent
The most important component of any workplace violence prevention program is management commitment. Management commitment is best communicated in a written policy. The policy should:
- Be developed by management and employee representatives.
- Apply to management, employee’s, clients, independent contractors and anyone who has a relationship with your company.
- Define what you mean by workplace violence in precise, concrete language.
- Provide clear examples of unacceptable behavior and working conditions.
- State in clear terms your organization’s view toward workplace violence and its commitment to the prevention of workplace violence.
- Precisely state the consequences of making threats or committing violent acts.
- Outline the process by which preventive measures will be developed.
- Encourage reporting of all incidents of violence.
- Outline the confidential process by which employees can report incidents and to whom.
- Assure no reprisals will be made against reporting employees.
- Outline the procedures for investigating and resolving complaints.
- Describe how information about potential risks of violence will be communicated to employees.
- Make a commitment to provide support services to victims of violence.
- Offer a confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to allow employees to seek help.
- Make a commitment to fulfill the violence prevention training needs of different levels of personnel within the organization.
- Make a commitment to monitor and regularly review the policy.
- State applicable regulatory requirements