How to Make a Workplace Safety Plan

Posted on: September 9, 2015 by Care Providers Insurance

Workplace-ViolenceAny organization can be the victim to workplace violence. With careful planning, an organization will be able to identify and diffuse situations before they develop. Additionally, organizations will be better able to respond to a crisis. Here are three steps to help your organization avoid workplace violence:

Step 1: Assess your risk, and take prevention measures.
Preventing violence in the workplace begins with a detailed risk assessment and prevention planning. It is far more effective for an organization to prevent and diffuse a potential workplace violence situation, than to manage the crisis after it happens. Some principles to consider when mitigating risk can include:

  • Pre-employment screening
  • A security assessment
  • Crisis response measures
  • A written workplace violence policy statement

Step 2: Train and instruct your staff
After developing a workplace violence prevention and response plan, training should be provided to all employees, supervisors, and managers. According to the FBI, training should include:

  • An overview of the workplace violence prevention policy
  • Ways to prevent or diffuse potentially violent situations
  • Practice of the response plan
  • A Discussion of all related policies and procedures

Step 3: Report incidents, keep records, and evaluate your progress
Organizations should have proper record keeping and reporting strategies regarding workplace violence. Evaluating current and new practices will help leaders refine their workplace violence efforts and develop new strategies for dealing with related situations. Any changes in the policy or program should be shared among the organization and employees.

The Care Providers Insurance Program offers specialized insurance to protect the nonprofit and social service industry from risks, including the threat of workplace violence. When you work with Care Providers Insurance, you have access to broad, competitively priced coverage, expert underwriting, and outstanding customer service. For more information, visit us online at or contact Randy Hedlund, Program Director, at or call 800-761-7072 x1310.

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