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Workplace Violence and Active Shooter Training/Response

\"\"VIRTUS workplace violence prevention training will provide awareness, insights, techniques and concrete strategies to create a safer and more secure working environment. VIRTUS Workplace Violence Prevention Training is provided to any organization, company or group, incorporating the specific needs of the client addressing workplace violence and active shooter training. Continuous training and routine risk assessments of vulnerabilities should be part of any responsible workplace violence program. Some issues that are routinely overlooked can leave a workplace vulnerable. VIRTUS can conduct a complete assessment of your organization’s vulnerabilities. 

We understand every business and organization is different and prepackaged training programs don’t work for everyone. Our client-focused approach allows us to design training programs that are customized to deliver the results you need. Training leverages resources. To that end, we offer training programs for companies expanding their threat mitigation capabilities. This will allow the organization and you to better meet business and security objectives. You have the power to change how things end. Schedule a Workplace Violence training class today.

We hear this comment all the time, “We Have Active Shooter Drills, We’re Good” This is just one part of active shooter training. Other essential parts should include preparedness and prevention measures, situational awareness training, the five stages of an active shooter, developing an emergency response plan, putting an internal team together to address all threats, investigate the threats or bring in experts, hiring practices, how to respond to an active shooter, evacuation drills, reverse drills, “Law Enforcement” what to expect, civilian response and what you need to know and expect to happen post event, just to name a few. Most important, a Threat, Risk, and Vulnerability Assessment needs to be completed to expose the weaknesses within the facility/organization. A plan can be then developed on how to correct the areas of concern as well as a customized emergency response plan for you. VIRTUS protection programs cover every aspect of workplace violence, active shooter threats and situations. VIRTUS is recognized as a leader in physical security, workplace violence training, active shooter preparedness, prevention and security training. VIRTUS has successfully protected private schools, businesses, and organizations using proven methods taught in our Active Shooter Prevention and Preparedness classes.

What is workplace violence?

Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors. Homicide is currently the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), of the 5,147 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in the United States in 2017, 458 were cases of intentional injury by another person However, it manifests itself, workplace violence is a major concern for employers and employees nationwide. Schedule your Workplace Violence class today.

Who is at risk of workplace violence?

Nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. Unfortunately, many more cases go unreported. Research has identified factors that may increase the risk of violence for some workers at certain work-sites. Such factors include exchanging money with the public and working with volatile, unstable people. Working alone or in isolated areas may also contribute to the potential for violence. Providing services and working where alcohol is served may also impact the likelihood of violence. Additionally, time of day and location of work, such as working late at night or in areas with high crime rates, are also risk factors that should be considered when addressing issues of workplace violence. Among those with higher-risk are workers who exchange money with the public, delivery drivers, healthcare professionals, educators, public service workers, customer service agents, law enforcement personnel, EMS and those who work alone or in small groups.

How can workplace violence hazards be reduced?

\"\"In most workplaces where risk factors can be identified, the risk of assault can be prevented or minimized if employers take appropriate precautions. One of the best protections employers can offer their workers is to establish a zero-tolerance policy toward workplace violence. This policy should cover all workers, patients, clients, visitors, contractors and anyone else who may come in contact with company personnel.

By assessing their work sites, employers can identify methods for reducing the likelihood of incidents occurring. OSHA believes that a well-written and implemented workplace violence prevention program, combined with engineering controls, administrative controls and training can reduce the incidence of workplace violence in both the private sector and federal workplaces.

This can be a separate workplace violence prevention program or can be incorporated into a safety and health program, employee handbook or manual of standard operating procedures. It is critical to ensure that all workers know the policy and understand that all claims of workplace violence will be investigated and remedied promptly. In addition, OSHA encourages employers to develop additional methods as necessary to protect employees in high risk industries. Schedule your Workplace Violence class today.

Today’s threats and behaviors have called for an evolution in how we protect ourselves and loved ones. Situational awareness is now part of our everyday life. There are no second chances to get it right. Initial consultations are always free, please contact us with any questions or requests \">