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Prepare for an Act of Violence - Checklist

Author: Julie H. Cox

An employer's response to an act of violence in the workplace is best handled by being prepared before it happens. No employer can predict when or how incidents of violence may occur, so it is best for management to agree upon documented policies and to make employees aware of appropriate responses on a regular basis. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) protects employees from safety and health violations while in the workplace. This protection includes safety from violence. Guidelines may vary according to the nature of the company, but all employers need to be aware of the threat of violence and how to handle events.