More often than not these days, you watch the evening news and hear of another workplace violence incident involving a fatal shooting or a violent act against an employee. These acts of violence generally come without warning. The FBI has corroborating data that shows the incidence of active shooters has risen over the past 20 years. The scary thing about these occurrences is that you never know what is going to set someone off.According to OSHA, "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."
Employees have a right to come in to work each day and feel safe about being there. But how do you prevent violence in the workplace? There are several ways to ensure everyone is clear about your stance as an employer or business owner regarding the presence of weapons in the workplace and the company's policy against random acts of violence against fellow employees.