Training institute offers workplace violence prevention tips

October 28, 2010

The National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence this week released a list of 10 key lessons learned from workplace violence incidents in the 21st century.

The Lake Forest, CA-based institute, which provides research, training and consulting on violence prevention, cited recent shootings at Virginia Tech, CNN, Kraft Foods and Fort Hood, among other places.

Lessons include:

  • Invest in prevention. Preparation costs less than recovering from an incident.
  • Increase employee awareness of reporting procedures.
  • Perform thorough background and reference checks to detect potential problems with future employees.
  • Train all employees in life preservation tactics. Include first responders to enhance their understanding of the workplace, if possible.