Managing Violence in the Workplace

Understand the scope of workplace violence, the warning signs, and policies for prevention and response to an active shooter.

Includes: Certificate of Completion

Duration: 1 Hour(s) | Language: English

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About this Course

Workplace violence can happen anywhere, any time. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there have been 333 active shooter events in the United States between 2000 and 2019. In 2020, even amidst a global pandemic, the number of designated active shooter events increased to 40, up 10 from 2019.

Active shooter events are very fluid and leave little opportunity to assess next steps. Providing training in advance improves staff preparedness and survivability.

Workplace Violence - Active Shooter Safety Training is a comprehensive course that covers safety measures from multiple types of potential threats at various key points during these events. These course objectives help employees recognize and respond in the chance of a violent event. This course teaches you and your team how to:

  • Identify an active shooter situation.
  • Apply proper procedures to remain safe in dangerous situations.
  • Follow your evacuation plan.
  • Recognize when hiding is the most responsible action.
  • Describe last-resort response actions.
  • Recognize appropriate reactions to law enforcement.

This course increases workplace safety by providing your employees with the training needed to act to an active shooter in the workplace. This training boosts employee morale by providing them with confidence and the skills to take appropriate action during a threatening situation.

FAQs

Is active shooter training required by OSHA?

OSHA recognizes the importance of active shooter training but does not require it at this time.

Who needs active shooter training?

Active shooters target many public spaces. Schools, transportation centers, workplaces, houses of worship are common targets.

Stores, offices, and other businesses also experience active shooters and violent events. For this reason, all employees must become equipped with Active Shooter Safety Training. This training could be the difference between life and death for everyone in the space.

Employees understanding the correct protocol during a violent event like an active shooter ensures that someone on the floor can take charge in the case of a violent emergency. Not only does it safeguard everyone working for you is trained for a violent event, but this training also grants your employees confidence that they can handle the worst possible situation.

Any public space is susceptible to a violent intruder event. If there is a place where people gather, there is a possibility of a violent event. For this reason, it is a good idea for everyone to have a basic understanding of the correct protocol in the chance they find themselves in an active shooter situation.

The bottom line is that Active Shooter Safety Training is a training that anyone can get that helps keep themselves and others safe. It is highly recommended for anyone who works in or frequents public spaces.

What is run, hide, fight?

Run, Hide, Fight is the recommended response in the case of an active shooter event. The Department of Homeland Security recommends the following protocol when Run, Hide, Fight is necessary.

  1. Run
    • Plan an escape route
    • Do not bring belongings
    • Make sure your hands are visible
  2. Hide
    • Find a place outside of the shooter's view
    • Block the entry to a hiding place
    • Silence your mobile device
  3. Fight
    • Only fight as a last resort effort when your life is in imminent danger
    • Your goal in fight mode is to incapacitate the shooter
    • Throw items at the shooter and act aggressively

What is an "active shooter"?

According to the FBI, an active shooter is "an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area." Active shooter events can happen at schools, transportation centers, workplaces, houses of worship, communities, and other public gathering sites.

Active shooting events typically involve the use of firearms. There is often no choice or pattern in their selection of victims. Most active shooter situations occur within a 10 to 15-minute timeframe.

Because not all active shooter events involve a firearm, the following terms are also used to describe these violent events: active killer, active assailant, and violent intruder.

Why is taking a proactive approach important?

In December 2021, there were 693 active shooter events in the United States. A total of 3,545 victims suffered as a result of these horrific shootings.

Workplace violence can happen anywhere, any time. These high-impact events happen rapidly and leave little opportunity to assess the next steps. Providing training in advance improves staff preparedness and survivability.

Active Shooter Safety Training is a comprehensive training that covers safety measures from multiple types of potential threats at various critical points during these events.

Active Shooter Safety Training objectives help employees recognize and respond during a dangerous event. This course teaches individuals how to:

  • Identify an active shooter situation.
  • Apply proper procedures to remain safe in dangerous situations.
  • Follow your evacuation plan.
  • Recognize when hiding is the most responsible action.
  • Describe last-resort response actions.
  • Recognize appropriate reactions to law enforcement.

Active Shooter Safety Training increases workplace safety by providing your employees with the training needed to take appropriate action when faced with an active shooter in the workplace. This training boosts employee morale by providing them with confidence and the skills to take appropriate action during a threatening situation.

What is ALERRT Training?

ALERRT training is Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training. ALERRT is a scenario-based training for law enforcement. This training is not offered by 360 training at this time.

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