Workplace violence is a fraught topic. Unfortunately, COVID-19 may be creating or exacerbating situations that may lead to violence in the workplace. Employers should be aware of this trend and determine what steps they can take to mitigate it.
Category: Policies and Training
Your security initiatives are only as effective as the policies and training designed support them. Look here for advice on crafting strong cyber and physical security policies as well as best practices for communicating these policies through proper training.
As diagnosed cases of the coronavirus continue to spike in much of the United States, “social distancing” has entered the common lexicon—and has cemented its hashtag status on social media. Many companies find themselves pushing back their formal return to office dates, and are continuing to encourage employees who can work from home, to continue […]
In this day and age, when many companies house much of their critical information and infrastructure online, it’s imperative to plan ahead. What would you and your company do in the event of an emergency or sabotage?
Thirty-three states have now legalized marijuana use for medicinal purposes, while another 11 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized recreational use. As many states across the country become more lenient with their marijuana laws and regulations, organizations should seek out everything there is to know about marijuana use and workplace safety and wellness.
Recent research suggests that people are actually less depressed and less suicidal around the holidays, however, the World Health Organization reports that the number of people living around the world with depression increased 18.4% between 2005 and 2015, and that suicide was the second leading cause of death among those individuals aged 15 to 29 […]
The COVID-19 outbreak is at top of mind for physical and cybersecurity professionals nationwide. Keep up with the current number of cases in your state with our interactive map, updated daily by our sister publication, the EHS Daily Advisor—and read on for steps your organization can take to help limit its exposure to, and disruption […]
In our highly digitized world, the potential for theft, fraud, and other crimes is often greater through a computer than it is in person. The amount of information and access controlled in the cyber realm, as well as the ability to strike anonymously from anywhere around the globe, means hacking, phishing, and other cybercrimes are […]
Recently, Justin Scace, Senior Editor for our sister publication the EHS Daily Advisor, spoke with a workplace violence prevention expert for an episode of the EHS on Tap podcast. In that conversation, Hector Alvarez, a Certified Threat Manager and President of Alvarez Associates, LLC, provided some deep insights into how you need to prepare your organization. […]
While workplace violence can happen in any industry or occupation, healthcare and social services workers face a high risk of job-related violence. Workplace assaults ranged from 23,540 and 25,630 annually over a 3-year period, and 70% to 74% of those occurred in healthcare and social services settings.
On April 10, 2017, a 53-year-old man walked into a special needs classroom in San Bernadino, California, pulled out a gun, and shot his estranged wife, 53-year-old Karen Elaine Smith. Two children standing near Smith were also hit by gunfire; 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez died later at the hospital. The gunman then turned his gun on […]