According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), of the 4,679 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in the U.S. in 2014, 403 were workplace homicides. In addition, two million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. Victims of workplace violence miss 1.8 million days of work every year, and the annual cost of workplace violence for employers is estimated to be nearly $121 billion, according to statistics from the Department of Justice and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Recently, a UPS employee who shot three co-workers inside a UPS office in San Francisco, made national headlines. In June, 2016, 49 people were killed and 58 others were wounded at Pulse nightclub. In June of this year, a man killed five of his co-workers at a business in northeast Orlando, and more recently, the mass shooting in Las Vegas, NV, killing 58 and injuring hundreds more before turning the gun on himself, which is now the largest killing spree in U.S. history. The most recent shooting February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people lost their lives and 15 others were taken to local hospitals was one of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in American history. Less than two months into 2018, there have already been 18 shootings at schools in the US.
That’s why we’ve created the Active Shooter & Workplace Violence Response Program, a proactive method to detect and reduce the risk of violence, based on OSHA required Standard of Care. As part of this program, we will visit your commercial, educational, government, religious, health care, open air parks and stadium facilities and create a detailed, tailored plan to ensure all employees/occupants feel safe. Our staff are experts in their field and is comprised of highly trained instructors which include current and former law enforcement and Homeland Security experience
Understand OSHA requirements. Under the General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), employers are required to create an environment that is “free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.” According to the law, each employer, “shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees and occupants; shall comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act; and each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations and orders issued pursuant to this Act which are applicable to his own actions and conduct.” Therefore, courts interpret this to mean that an employer has a legal obligation to protect employees/occupants from harm. Now is the time to understand your potential liabilities. Failure to comply with OSHA requirements may significantly increase risk of lawsuits, fines, judgements, etc.
Active Shooter Response Program: This program is designed to mitigate risk and reduce liability for employers, while empowering the workforce with training designed to increase safety and survivability during an act of violence in the workplace event (OSHA required Standard of Care General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970), policies, procedures and training. We educate and prepare the workforce, both mentally and physically, in order to increase their safety and survivability during a “violence in the workplace” event. *
Education and Training. This program includes a certified presentation for continuing education units / credits entitled “Active Shooter & Workplace Violence Response Program”.
We would welcome the opportunity to review your current plan or develop a plan specifically for your location(s). Please contact us at 904-880-5150 for more information.