Preparing Your Team for Workplace Violence July 20 2016

While unfortunate, it cannot be ignored that gun violence is on the rise. At the Floor Tape Store, we believe in being prepared for every situation possible. Workplace violence is a reality of today’s society, and you need to take every precaution you can to ensure you’re doing everything you can to preserve the safety of your employees.

No one ever thinks it will happen to them, but you don’t want to be like the shop owner that gets an alarm after they’ve already been robbed.

Workplace violence can happen to anyone. It is better to be preparedSo, what can you do to help your team be more prepared in the event of workplace violence?

Seek the advice of experts. Many law enforcement agencies will offer tips, and there are private agencies you can hire to help teach you and your employees the proper security procedures for your specific facility. You should also consider getting some kind of surveillance and alarm system, especially if you’re working in a warehouse full of valuable items and equipment.

Be aware at all times. Many of these incidents of workplace violence are premeditated acts, meaning the attacker relies on the element of surprise and studies the day-to-day flow of your workplace before striking. Teach your employees how to stay on their guard, and let them know you have an open door policy. If they see something suspicious (or if you do!), speak up.

Have a plan in the event of an attack. In every type of emergency situation, everyone should be on the same page. Make sure you have a plan of action developed for a workplace violence incident, and ensure that every employee has access to this emergency plan, in addition to the other emergency information you have available per OSHA requirements.

Consider having a self-defense class. It may be a good idea for you to hire a professional to come have a self-defense seminar for you and your employees at your workplace. Your employees will appreciate your investment in their safety and will feel valued by you and your company.

What plans do you have in place to protect your workers? Comment here, or find us on Twitter @FloorTapeStore!

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