Violence in the Workplace Awareness & Prevention

Supervisors and Employees

Violence in the Workplace Prevention Training

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Our Violence in the Workplace Prevention Training was created to help employers and employees deal with the growing issue of workplace violence and create a dialogue about the shared responsibility of maintaining a safe workplace. Preventing workplace violence is a difficult challenge. Workplace Violence physically injures (and in some cases kills) employees, disrupts business, damages morale, creates expenses (medical, legal), and hurts your reputation.

Our workplace violence training for employees course will help supervisors and employees learn to identify behavior and language that represents the potential to escalate into violence. This includes verbal threats, verbal abuse, yelling, pushing, kicking, hitting, stalking, and physical violence including lethal violence.

California Fatal Workplace Injuries Pie ChartOne in five (20%) of all California workplace deaths identified in 2015 were attributed to be due to violence and other injuries by persons or animals. The incidence of workplace homicides in 2015 accounts for 12% of all workplace deaths in the state.

  • How to recognize potentially violent workplace situations
  • Techniques to stop escalating situations
  • Security procedures to ensure the safety of employees during violent situations
  • Identifying signs and symptoms of domestic violence
  • Reviewing laws against violence in the workplace and the duties of the employer
  • Warning signs of potential violence in the workplace
  • Examining preventative measure
  • Steps for developing an effective Workplace Violence Prevention policy
  • Creating a response plan

Other Objectives of Violence in the Workplace Prevention

Employers do not have an unlimited right to pry into an employee’s
private life, but do have a responsibility to take reasonable steps to detect violence or threats that may affect their business and their employees.

Our course helps employers identify important warning signs of domestic violence and how these issues can affect the employer.

This includes:

Case Study: Workplace Violence is Nationwide and Growing

yellow crime scene tapeOn December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed and 22 were seriously injured in a terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, which consisted of a mass shooting and an attempted bombing. The perpetrators, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a married couple living in the city of Redlands, targeted a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health training event and Christmas party, of about 80 employees, in a rented banquet room. Farook was an American-born U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, who worked as a health department employee.

On December 1, 2016, nearly one year after the attack, authorities speculated on Farook’s forced participation in the training event and Christmas party as the trigger. Newly discovered emails indicated that Malik had objected to the party and did not want her husband to participate. San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said in an interview with ABC News that Malik stated that “she didn’t think that a Muslim should have to participate in a non-Muslim holiday or event” in an online account.


Case Study: The Cost of Workplace Violence

The families of two women killed by a co-worker at a northeast Philadelphia plant 4 1/2 years ago were awarded $38.5 million in punitive damages from a security guard firm. LaTonya Brown, 36, and Tanya Wilson, 47, were killed and another employee wounded by a deluded employee who thought co-workers were spraying her with toxic chemicals, according to authorities.

Yvonne Hiller, 48, who is serving two life terms in the slayings, had been suspended after making violent, profanity-laced threats but returned from her car minutes later with a loaded .357 Magnum, authorities said. Attorneys for the families said security guards failed to protect employees during the rampage.


The impact of workplace violence on employers cannot be precisely measured, but its obvious impact includes a reduction in the workforce due to injuries or death, and the cost to repair or reconstruct physical damage incurred on workplace property. In addition, employers face an increase in workers’ compensation payments and medical expenses and exposure to potential liability for their failure to maintain a safe and secure workplace. With all of these factors to consider, training to identify and prevent potential workplace violence issues is a small price to pay.

Case Study: Domestic Violence

On December 23, 2016, a retired police officer in Faribault, Minnesota, fatally shot his ex-wife before turning the gun on himself inside the city’s chamber of commerce. Police later identified the deceased as Richard Larson, 61, and Barbara Larson, 59, according to Faribault police Capt. Neal Pederson.The shootings took place less than a week after Barbara Larson served her former husband with a harassment restraining order, Pederson said. The couple divorced in 2014.


As a result, management needs to understand the magnitude of violence in the workplace, how to identify potentially violent employees (and non-employees), and be able to effectively manage incidents before they occur.

Violence in the workplace is the second leading cause of occupational death in the US. It is the number one killer of women at work and the number two killer of men at work. More than 1,400 work-related homicides occur each year.

Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimate that the average cost of one workplace homicide incident, during a recent ten-year period, was $800,000.

Case Study: Inova’s SAFE team addresses workplace violence

In a recent case study published in April 2023 by the American Hospital Association (AHA), Inova Health System attributes its success in minimizing both the severity and occurrence of injuries within its emergency departments, behavioral health units, and system-wide, to the collaborative efforts of its multidisciplinary team, Safety Always for Everyone (SAFE). The SAFE team, an amalgamation of experts from various fields including nursing, medicine, behavioral health, security, chaplaincy, pharmacy, among other crucial departments, is committed to addressing and alleviating violent incidents. The team’s broad responsibilities extend to conducting in-depth debriefings, crafting and updating relevant policies and procedures, and continuously driving Inova’s initiatives to counter workplace violence.

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