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FEB-MAR 2018

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www. • Februar y/March 2018 • SECURIT Y TECHNOLOGY E XECUTIVE 27 Request information: EVERY CUSTOMER'S situation is unique. That's why custom solutions are a big part of what we offer. We relish the opportunity to think outside the box. Whether you need guidance on a challenging installation, are inquiring about training or want help making a hardware decision knowledgeable technicians with nearly 50 years of combined experience are eager to help you resolve your specifi c issues. Just call 800-729-3839. V I S I T U S A T I S C W E S T · L A S V E G A S , N V · A P R I L 11 1 3 · B O O T H 8 1 0 9 D E T E X . C O M / G E N E 1 becomes aware of threats, intimidation, or other indicators showing that the potential for violence in the workplace exists, would be on notice of the risk of workplace violence and should imple- ment a workplace violence prevention program combined with engineering controls, adminis- trative controls, and training" 8 . OSHA has made an example of a number of organizations in the U.S. over the past several years issuing multi- ple citations for failing to provide a safe work environment for staff due to known hazards of workplace violence under the provisions of the General Duty Clause. Considering that the fines for OSHA violations begin at $12,934 per violation for those deemed as "Serious" or "Oth- er-Than-Serious", plus an additional $12,934 per day past the abatement date, or $129,336 per violation for those considered " Willful" or '"Repeated" (a ten-fold increase), all businesses should take the tangible and intangible costs of a workplace violence incident into consideration when determining how to proceed with the miti- gation planning process 9 . Summary Workplace violence is a traumatic event that is occur- ring with increasing frequency in many organizations across the country. Mitigation measures must be undertaken to minimize the risk of such events, includ- ing the education of staff as to their role when such events occur and the proper physical safeguards that should be in place to provide a reasonably safe work environment. A multidisciplinary threat assessment teams should also be considered with a focus on devel- oping plans to minimize the risk of violent incidents. Such a team, with the support of the organization's leadership, should include local law enforcement, secu- rity, human resources, legal, risk management, and of course representation from the employees that work at the facility. Through a well-defined threat assessment process, such teams may be able to mitigate workplace violence incidents before they reach a critical stage. In many instances of workplace violence, employees suspected or had knowledge of an existing problem, so the best strategy to prevent workplace violence is to develop a security culture that supports respect, open communication, and employee involvement. About the Author: Bryan Warren, MBA , CHPA , CPO-I is President and chief consultant at War -Sec Securit y and has over 28 years in the healthcare securit y, safet y and emergency management fields. He has conducted healthcare securit y assessments and training workshops across the United States, Canada and A ustralia and has ser ved on a number of national task forces including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Department of Health and Human Ser v ices Office of Infrastruct ure Protection.

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