As the frequency and severity of workplace violence and public safety risks have grown, key preparedness measures such as evacuation plans, first aid training, trauma kits, panic buttons, communication methods and threat reporting are integral to safety. However, real-time situational awareness and abilities to identify, respond to and report potential threats are equally or more important for prevention. With consistent preparedness measures such as identifying areas with cover and concealment to hide from an assailant, stocking “stop the bleed” kits and first aid kits with trauma supplies, and communicating real-time evasive tactics, one might wonder if the world has become a battlefield. Although military, law enforcement, emergency medical services and related professions have routinely received training and equipment for these potentially high-risk threats, these situations are more often communicated to all personnel, including students and teachers.
This presentation analyzes threats of violence at all levels of frequency and severity, along with the different levels of preventative and reactive measures to help remove fear and doubt and replace them with awareness, prevention and preparedness.
Cory Worden, Ph.D.*(ABD), MS, CSHM, CSP, CHSP, ARM, REM, CESCO, Safety Advisor to the Houston Health Department
Cory has more than 16 years of experience in safety and has written nine books; his work has been published by the American Society of Safety Professionals, the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare, the Institute for Safety and Health Management, and more. Cory was the 2014 ISHM Safety Professional of the Year, a 2015 National Safety Council Rising Star of Safety, the 2016 ASSP Healthcare Practice Specialty Safety Professional of the Year, the 2017 AOHP National Extraordinary Member, the 2018 AOHP Extraordinary Services Award recipient and a 2020 Houston Health Department Excellence in Community Service recipient, as well as the recipient of numerous military medals and awards. He has presented for ASSP, NSC, AOHP, the College of the Mainland’s Gulf Coast Safety Institute and many more.
Barry Bottino, Associate Editor, Safety+Health magazine
Barry covers worker safety for Safety+Health.