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The FBI has defined an active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines workplace violence as “any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the worksite.” The workplace violence can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide.

Workplace violence and active shooter incidents continue to increase and evolve. Comprehensive coverage paired with in-depth employee training and support is essential to ensure individuals and organizations are the utmost prepared.

Spanning ideologies and unpredictable locations, these incidents are usually in crowded public areas and aim to create maximum panic. They can include:

  • Workplace violence
  • Disgruntled employees, customers, guests, students, volunteers or parishioners
  • Hostage situation
  • Active shooter

EAP: Emergency Action Plan

It is important to properly implement and promote an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). The effectiveness of any workplace violence program that includes active shooter preparedness is greatly enhanced in an organization with an active, well-known EAP presence. Agencies with active programs promote the EAP by issuing periodic statements from top management endorsing the program and reminding employees of the services offered by the EAP; having counselors attend staff meetings to familiarize agency employees with the counselors; having counselors give special briefings and seminars for managers, employees, and union stewards;

Violent workplace events take place anywhere at anytime. Laurence Taylor Insurance Services offers Organizational Training where, the employees learn how to improvise, adapt and overcome during an active shooter event. Workplaces or organizations should conduct active shooter drills to update their Emergency Action Plan. This reinforces that an active shooter incident is a foreseeable event and the workforce is prepared both mentally and physically. Organizational training helps them to think on their feet and respond accordingly to the situation.