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Preventing Workplace Violence Incidents (Part 1)

There are many basic steps you can take to lessen the risk of violent workplace incidents. This post will be part of a multi-part article regarding prevention of workplace violence. We hope your practice has already implemented many of these measures, but it never hurts to review them:

* Provide good lighting throughout your facility, especially in hallways and parking areas

* Install silent alarms where appropriate

* Use drop safes to minimize the amount of cash on hand

* Provide bulletproof barriers or enclosures for people who work with cash and are visible to the public

* Ask police to check the facility when people work late

You might also want to implement these other workplace violence-reducing measures:

* Employ security guards

* Keep doors to the building and certain sections locked

* Install security cameras

* Require employees to wear name tags

* Provide employees with coded door entry cards

* Require employees to turn in badges, entry cards, and other company identification when they leave the company

* Ban former or off-duty employees from the workplace

* Require visitors, including former employees or employees’ family members, if permitted, to sign in and wear name tags


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