Workplace Violence Virtual Boot Camp(VRTHRM318)

Presented by: Alain Burrese, Dr. Susan Strauss, Joe Keenan
Duration: 345 minutes

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Workplace violence events are occurring with more frequency and severity all over the United States. According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5 percent of U. S. businesses experience workplace violence yearly. The percentage of workplace violence increases to 50 percent for organizations with 1,000 employees. The FBI stated that in 2014 an active shooting incident occurred, on average, once every three weeks.

However, given the size of the United States, the chances of being a victim of a workplace shooting is statistically low. These statistics capture the most severe types of workplace violence but certainly not the most prevalent forms. OSHA reports that roughly two million workers report incidents of violence each year such as harassment, threats, aggressive and belligerent behavior to name a few, which does not include the majority of cases that go unreported.

But how is workplace violence defined, and who are the primary perpetrators? How do you successfully prepare in advance for an active shooter scenario? How should you put in place a proactive workplace violence prevention program?

If you are an employer, safety officer manager, or an employee these are some serious concerns that you need to address and prepare yourself for. In this informative virtual boot camp, our panel of expert speakers Dr. Susan Strauss, Alain Burrese and Joe Keenan will discuss the steps that an organization should take to create a stigma-free workplace that is centered on the well-being of its employees' physical and mental health. After attending this virtual boot camp, you will be better prepared to draft workplace policies that do not infringe on employees gun rights. You will also learn how to enforce such policies by understanding the legal issues around state gun laws providing the right to carry.

Session Details
Session-1: What Protection Does OSHA Offer from Violence at the Workplace
Speaker: Joe Keenan | Time: 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM | Duration: 60 minutes

An active shooter scenario can happen at any time and anywhere. Unfortunately, this is becoming all too common as societal violence spills over into the workplace. The FBI estimates that 1 million people are exposed to workplace violence each year. This session will cover how to get proactive and put programs in place to prevent a workplace violence episode. You will learn about the elements to include in a workplace violence prevention program and how to conduct employee training on responding to an active shooter scenario. This session will address site-specific workplace violence prevention questions and answers, as well as potential scenarios.

Session Highlights

  • Learn what the OSHA requirements are for preventing workplace violence and active shooter scenarios
  • Learn how to effectively get proactive in preventing workplace violence episodes
  • Understand elements of an effective workplace violence prevention program
  • Discuss active shooter scenarios
  • Learn to conduct effective training for managers and supervisors on how to handle and prevent workplace violence and active shooter scenarios
  • Learn what to do and not to do in reference to workplace violence prevention
  • Get answers to site-specific questions and scenarios regarding workplace violence prevention
Q/A + Lunch Break: 45 minutes
Session-2: Violence at Work: From Disgruntled Employees and Domestic Violence to Mass Murder
Speaker: Susan Strauss | Time: 1 PM – 2:30 PM | Duration: 90 minutes

Considering the staggering events of mass shootings in the news over the last several months, workplace violence might be foremost in our minds. Most of us think of workplace violence occurring only in the workplace setting, but the threatening conduct is broader and may encompass behavior occurring outside the actual workplace. Even domestic violence creates challenges for all employers. Employers have been found to violate federal discrimination laws when they take an adverse action against domestic violence victims. An example is if an employer disciplines a domestic violence victim for being absent but does not discipline other employees who are absent.

This session will explore the many aspects of workplace violence. One study indicated that employers pay $1775 more on each victim of domestic violence annually in terms of medical costs, increased insurance and more. Additional costs include loss of employees through turnover, absenteeism, psychological damage to all – resulting in increased health insurance, cost for worker's compensation, cost for improved security, damage to property, stolen property – cost of repair or replacement, lawsuits, increased insurance premiums and poor reputation leading to decreased business.

Session Highlights

  • Define workplace violence
  • Classify the usual types of perpetrators
  • Summarize the warning signs of a potential perpetrator
  • List known risk factors for workplace violence in terms of positions and locations
  • Identify the high-risk industries for workplace violence
  • Review the laws involved in workplace violence
  • Understand OSHA's enforcement policies and procedures and their “general duty clause”
  • Outline recommended prevention of violence strategies
  • Recognize the levels of violence and appropriate responses
  • Identify critical elements of a violence in the workplace policy and procedure
  • List 10 tips to de-escalate an agitated person
  • Understand workplace “parking lot” or “guns-at-work” laws
  • Outline the roles and responsibilities of the organization's stakeholders
  • Explain how to help the workplace and workers recover following a violent episode
  • 10 tips to de-escalate an agitated person
  • Resources
  • Steps to take following a violent incident
Q/A: 15 minutes
Session-3: Gun Laws and an Active Shooter in an Organization
Speaker: Alain Burrese | Time: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM | Duration: 60 minutes

Developing policies designed to maintain a safe, healthy workplace can be tricky when various laws provide employees certain protections when taking guns to work. Some employers consider policies prohibiting their employees from possessing firearms during work time or on the employer's property. The goals of these policies are to help protect other employees and to limit employers from liability. On the other side, gun advocates look to laws protecting the right to bear firearms. There are many state laws that restrict an employer's ability to prohibit employees from possessing firearms. These vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.This session will explore the many aspects of workplace violence. One study indicated that employers pay $1775 more on each victim of domestic violence annually in terms of medical costs, increased insurance and more. Additional costs include loss of employees through turnover, absenteeism, psychological damage to all – resulting in increased health insurance, cost for worker's compensation, cost for improved security, damage to property, stolen property – cost of repair or replacement, lawsuits, increased insurance premiums and poor reputation leading to decreased business.

This session will explore the types of protections provided to employees and their right to carry a gun and the issues you must be aware of when drafting workplace violence and firearm policies.

Session Highlights

  • How gun laws factor into developing workplace security and violence policies
  • How to avoid mistakes when drafting and enforcing such policies
  • What to do when employees violate such polices
  • What the potential liabilities for employers may be
  • Federal law vs. state law issues
  • Parking lot vs. work place law issues
  • Issues with posting no firearms signage
Q/A: 15 minutes
Session-4: Creating a Culture of Respect, Inclusiveness, and Support for Employees' Mental Health
Speaker: Susan Strauss | Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Duration: 60 minutes

More and more people are complaining of feeling depressed, hopeless and just plain out of sorts. Therapists indicate that more and more people are seeking therapy, especially since the 2016 election. Examples of the most common psychological disorders include major depression and dysthymia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia and an array of personality disorders.  Those individuals with depression have 2.5 times the risk of an on-the-job injury. Workplace depression results in 200 million lost days annually. Employers lose an estimated $52 billion annually in loss of productivity and insurance payments.

Workplaces can and should play a significant role in minimizing their employees' mental health risks. Employee stress levels continue to rise as more and more employees spend more and more hours at work without an increase in pay or benefits. Burnout and depression, particularly to millennials and millennial women are reported more than any other generation.

Session Highlights

  • Differentiate mental health from mental illness
  • Learn about the most frequent mental health conditions with emphasis on depression, anxiety, and personality disorders
  • Identify the demographic groups most at risk for mental health issues
  • Examine the myths of mental illness
  • Understand signs of possible mental health issues
  • Learn about U.S. mental illness statistics
  • Understand mental illness as an ADA protected disability
  • Describe the interactive process required by the ADA
  • Explore ADA required accommodations
  • Examine the role of the workplace to create a healthy environment
  • Combat negative stigma of mental illness in the workplace
  • Generate a workplace culture of well-being
Q/A: 15 minutes
Who Will Benefit
  • Environmental health and safety professionals
  • Loss control professionals
  • Insurance professionals
  • Human resource professionals
  • General managers
  • Plant managers
  • Production supervisors
  • Legal professionals
  • Safety committee members
  • Senior and middle management
  • Supervisors
  • Those on their organization's violence in the workplace task force
  • Workplace violence and security policy drafters
  • Security professionals
  • Managers
  • Risk management personnel
  • Security supervisors
  • Managers and supervisors who work with security professionals
  • All employees
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About Our Speaker(s)
Alain Burrese

Alain Burrese is a leading authority on what to do during an active shooter or active threat event. He specializes in teaching ordinary citizens strategies and tactics to increase their survivability during these unthinkable acts. As a certified instructor, he has taught as part of a team to around 4,000 people in his community.

Alain is a former Army Paratrooper and Sniper, fifth degree black belt, and the author of 8 books and 11 instructional DVDs. He teaches a common sense approach of staying safe and defending yourself through his Survive a Shooting ( and Survive and Defend ( programs and websites. He’s combined his experience, education, and training to design programs to teach people how to survive. He is currently finishing his book Survive a Shooting and taking his four-hour Survive a Shooting course to businesses and organizations around the country.

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Dr. Susan Strauss

Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert investigator on workplace and school harassment and bullying. She conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. Her clients are from business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.

Susan also provides organizational, management, and employee development by conducting training, coaching, and facilitating workshops. She has been the director of Training and Development and consults with a variety of organizations and industries, both large and small. Susan has also been the director of wellness and has consulted with organizations to help them design, develop, implement and evaluate their wellness programs.

Susan has a doctorate in organizational leadership. She is a registered nurse, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and counseling, a master’s degree in community health, and professional certificate in training and development. She has been involved in the harassment and bullying arena since 1985.

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Joe Keenan

Joe Keenan, MBA, CSP is a highly experienced environmental health and safety (EHS) and human resources (HR) professional and management consultant with over 22 years of experience. He received his Green Belt in Six Sigma/Lean Manufacturing in 2005, M.B.A. with a human resource management concentration in 2007 and certified safety professional (CSP) in 2011. Joe is currently serving as the President of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). He served on the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association (VPPPA) Region IV Board of Directors as a Director at Large from 2013-2015. Since 2002, he has been an OSHA General Industry and Construction 10/30-Hour Authorized Outreach Trainer (both renewed in 2016).

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