G.O.T. Preparedness® Workplace Violence

Nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. Unfortunately, only 47% of non-fatal incidents are reported to the police.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines Workplace Violence as 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.

Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2002

The FBI categorizes four types of Workplace Violence:

TYPE 1: Violent acts by criminals who have no other connection with the workplace, but enter to commit robbery or another crime.

TYPE 2: Violence directed at employees by customers, clients, patients, students, inmates, or any others for whom an organization provides services.

TYPE 3: Violence against coworkers, supervisors, or managers by a present or former employee.

TYPE 4: Violence committed in the workplace by someone who doesn’t work there, but has a personal relationship with an employee—an abusive spouse or domestic partner.

The OSHA General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) states: Employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that "is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm”. After the active shooter incident at Accent Signage Systems, case law from Hennepin County, Minnesota in 2013 broadened the term “recognizable hazards” to include the active shooter threat.

An Ordinary Day Can Turn Extraordinary In An Instant

In 2016, ten percent of all deaths in the workplace were homicides.

Workplace Violence Incident #1: On June 28, 2018, at 2:40 p.m., Jarrod Warren Ramos, opened fire with a shotgun at the offices of the Capital Gazette, a newspaper based in Annapolis, Maryland. Ramos gained access to the offices by shooting out the glass door. Five were killed and two others were wounded. Ramos later surrendered to law enforcement.

Workplace Violence Risk Factors

Workplace Violence Incident #2: On January 10, 2018, at about 2:30 p.m., William Ray Adams, armed with a firearm and wearing a gas mask attempted to forcibly remove his wife, an employee at Bergey Windpower in Norman, Oklahoma. Two other employees successfully intervened.

OSHA recommends, and in some cases requires, a written and implemented Workplace Violence Prevention and Training Program.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Preparedness Without Paranoia®

Preparedness Without Paranoia® provides education and training for individuals to gain a heightened situational awareness and understanding of today's multidimensional threat environment, recognize telltale signs of an evolving threat, and become empowered to take effective action without hesitation. By replacing confusion with clarity, we mitigate the unseen costs of what has become a national crisis-immeasurable health, social, and economic consequences. The approach is non-tactical by design.

G.O.T. Preparedness® is designed to provide educational and training resources for individuals and organizations to prepare for, respond to, and recover from active threat situations which introduce fear and uncertainly in areas where we work, where we learn, where we worship, where we travel, where we serve, and where we play.

KGH's preparedness approach is designed to guide employers in the health care sector to be compliant with existing Workplace Violence Prevention legislation and regulations.
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