More than 2 million American workers are the victims of workplace violence each year (OSHA). Violence occurs in all types of work settings, no one is immune. Tragically, such violence is often foreseeable and preventable. The Occupational Health and Safety Act’s (”Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970″) General Duty Clause requires employers to take reasonable steps to mitigate the recognized hazard of on the job violence.
Many individuals must face the realities of violence even before they begin their careers or enter the workforce. Recognizing the serious risk of violence in educations settings, the American College Health Association’s (ACHA) Healthy Campus 2010 has established national objectives and identified injury and violence prevention as leading health indicators in safe campus living. High of the list of national priorities is reducing the risk of homicides, physical assaults, intimate partner violence, sexual assaults, physical fighting, and weapon carrying.
XBRM helps reduce the physical, emotional and legal risks of workplace and campus violence for organizations of all types and all sizes by providing a comprehensive menu of professional services to help organizations predict and prevent violent events.
Clear warning signs are present in nearly all instances of violence. Early recognition and response are the critical elements to mitigating this risk. The development of effective polices, plans, and threat response processes can help save lives. XBRM’s employee evidence-based models of threat recognition and response helps leaders and managers recognize, avoid, and defuse potentially violent situations.
Reducing the Risk
XBRM employs a two-pronged approach to reducing the risk of violence in the workplace. By developing the organization’s internal capabilities to recognize and respond to potential violence and providing expert external support, XBRM can help protect an organization from the physical, psychological, and legal risks associated with workplace violence. Working with your organization’s leadership, XBRM can aid in the development of policies and mechanisms for effective, defensible responses to the threat of violence.
Expert Guidance: Internal capability development involves support and expert guidance in crafting sound policy and providing practical training in threat recognition and response. Training for internal threat response teams, frontline staff and senior management personnel is tailored to address the unique concerns associated with each level of organizational responsibility.
On-call Support: External support is available 24/7 to help managers and other leaders assess the risk and explore options and strategies for averting a potentially violence event. Support is available across the entire lifecycle of a situation, including facilitating independent professional assessment of at-risk individuals and post-incident psychological support for the victims and witnesses of violent events. XBRM remains engaged and involved with a situation through each phase, including documentation and litigation support when necessary.
Simulations: XBRM also designs and facilitates exercises and simulations to develop threat recognition and response capabilities. The organization’s leaders and managers, as well as threat assessment team members benefit by participating in structured scenarios to test plans and procedures prior to an actual event. XBRM ensures that such exercises are based in accurate behavioral assumptions about both the perpetrators, victims and witnesses of violent events to derive the optimal level of organizational learning and readiness.
Let our team help prepare yours to safely and effective reduce the risk of violence before a difficult or dangerous situation occurs. Call 212.366.8200 or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information about XBRM’s comprehensive workplace and campus violence preventions services. A Senior Crisis Management Associate will be happy to answer your questions and explore options for optimizing safety in your unique environment.