RIMS report addresses workplace violence preparedness

By customising an active shooter plan that focuses on prevention, training, feedback and post-incident protocols, employees will be mentally and physically prepared to react to violent threats, according to RIMS new report.

‘Active Shooter Preparedness for Your Organisation’ explores the strategies risk professionals and organisations can put in place to prepare for, and to prevent and minimise injuries, property damage and uncertainties linked to workplace violence.

Authored by RIMS’ Justin Smulison and featuring insight from workplace violence and business continuity experts, the report highlights ways of identifying warning signs of potential attacks, best practices in communication and pre-event training, as well as strategies to implement a coordinated effort that minimises injuries, property damage and uncertainties.

“Physical security measures are nothing more than deterrents,” says Steve Smith, president of Guardian Defense and a report contributor. “Every individual in the organisation needs to know how to respond to an active threat in order to mitigate the situation. Risk professionals are well-positioned…to drive discussions, awareness and take a leading role in the development of a workplace violence prevention and response strategy.”

Interested parties can view the report at www.RIMS.org/RiskKnowledge.

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