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ASIS / SHRM American National Standard on Workplace Violence

November 24th, 2011

On October 5, 2011 ASIS International  and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) issued a joint “ASIS/SHRM Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention, American National Standard” aimed at helping organizations implement policies and practices to more quickly identify threatening behavior and violence affecting the workplace, and to assist in effective incident case management and resolution. This new standard reportedly reflects a consensus from professionals in the fields of security, human resources (HR), mental health, law enforcement and legal. I find it particularly symbolic that these two International associations, both the largest representing practitioners in their respective security and human resource professions, worked so closely on this standard. For years, I have been emphasizing the importance of security and HR departments within organizations working together to recognize and resolve these types of issues as a coordinated effort along with other disciplines such as legal, health services, law enforcement, and external experts on the subject. This standard is well written and robust while being flexible enough to be applied to just about any workplace or work environment.

The document addresses the scope of the problem by defining what types of conduct it has included in its definition of workplace violence. It outlines training suggested for employees, supervisors and the threat management team and encourages the use of external expertise to help conduct both the training and the case assessment process. It also references the subject of my last blog which was the recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) directive CPL 02-01-052 which established for the first time, general policy guidance and procedures for OSHA field offices to apply when conducting inspections in response to workplace violence incidents. The standard outlines problematic behavior patterns and highlights the importance of recognition and reporting of such behavior. From policy development, to implementation of preventive measures, to response options, I found this document to be very useful and one that could be used as a guide for companies just developing WV prevention programs or refining the ones they already have. It is also identified other sources of research information and listings of specific State statutes and executive orders regarding workplace and domestic violence.

For specific workplace violence prevention training and planning options check out the educational programs on our training web-site www.imac-training.com

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