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Top 5 Issues to Consider when Planning Responses to Workplace Emergencies and Evacuations

January 29th, 2018 Comments off

Having a written response plan specific to the type of emergency and the location(s) involved

Example: for active shooter response plans, though they might contain the same components from one site to another, the specific directives will vary according to factors such as:

  • Size of facility
  • Number of occupants – population of employees and public
  • Rural, suburban or city environment
  • Response time for public emergency services
  • Type of access control at your facility
  • Other factors

Note: the response plan for this emergency will be very different from a fire emergency

Employee training – the staff will need to know (based on the type of emergency) what they should do and how they need to assist their visitors/customers during the emergency:

  • How to evacuate
  • Where to evacuate
  • Accountability
  • Assistance for disabled, etc.

Identify and test the audible notification system for the facility – how will everyone know what the emergency is, where it is happening, and what his or her immediate actions should be. Also, how will you confirm that the public emergency services have been notified?

Develop event specific evacuation instructions – These should include:

  • Evacuation routes
  • All exits are mapped
  • Instructions for how to interact with responding police and public emergency services
  • What should or should not be taken when evacuating
  • Leaving doors open or closed
  • Assuring access controlled doors are all open for emergency

Have established relationships with the police and other emergency services and coordinate your response plans with them in advance – Emergency service responders need to know what your plan is and you need to know what they will expect from your staff and occupants. This can help shape a better response/evacuation plan for the specific circumstances that might vary from one emergency type to another.


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‘Bullying’ is Workplace Violence

July 21st, 2011 Comments off

Is ‘bullying’ considered workplace violence or does there need to be a physical threat involved?  Absolutely it is and it does not have to become physical.  Most professionals in the discipline of workplace violence prevention and response include activity which can be characterized by intimidating or demeaning behavior which creates a hostile working environment. Any conduct that is severe, offensive or intimidating enough to make someone reasonably fear for their safety, or that of others, creates a hostile environment. As a matter of fact, workplace bullying is one of the four most common patterns of potential future violence. Offenders often have used their bullying tactics for so long that they feel untouchable. Those very tactics have caused supervisors and other managers to avoid dealing with the problem, perhaps even transferring or worse yet, promoting the person out of their department. They then become very prone to push the envelope more.

This is no longer just a concern in schools. Workplace supervisors cannot just keep saying “oh, that’s just the way he is” or “we didn’t want to make her angry.” The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) general duty clause states “Employers can be cited for violating the … clause if there is a recognized hazard of workplace violence in their establishments and they do nothing to prevent or abate it.” There are currently 20 state legislatures that are considering statues to address workplace bullying with the most recent being in Massachusetts. Workplaces need to have a policy addressing workplace violence prevention that includes bullying, educating their staff about it, and have definitive guidance about what to do if it is observed. There are productivity, legal, compliance and security costs, and the cost of affected employee morale.

For more complete information on workplace violence prevention check out IMAC’s training web site for the recently released online training series addressing this serious problem.

For more details regarding our workplace violence program, specifically, please see our workplace violence training course page.

For more information on IMAC’s strike security, disaster and emergency response or protective services, please visit

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