Around two million American workers a year report being victims of workplace violence, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). A new poll commissioned by Cintas Corporation, found that 35 percent of employed Americans are not confident they know what to do if an active shooter enters a building they are in.
“Although rare, workplace shootings are unfortunately increasing,” said Tom Lally, Director of Training & Compliance – First Aid & Safety, Cintas. “According to the BLS, workplace shootings comprised 79 percent of all workplace homicides in 2016¹. In light of this, employers and employees need to prepare for the worst.”
A 2016 report found that 75 to 80 percent of businesses are looking to implement some type of armed intruder/active shooter policy procedure and training². According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), each employer must provide a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees³.
“Effective training can help prepare employees for these worst case scenarios by teaching them to recognize the warning signs of workplace violence and how to properly respond to an armed threat, which can help make a difference and potentially save lives,” added Lally.
Cintas has teamed up with the Center for Personal Protection and Safety, a leading developer of workplace violence prevention training, to offer on-site workplace violence prevention/active shooter training.
The 90-minute training session includes:
- Categories of workplace violence
- Myths surrounding violence in the workplace
- Identifying areas of concern
- Reporting workplace violence
- Options for dealing with an armed threat
The survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Cintas from October 24-26, 2018 among 2,003 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, among whom 1,076 are currently employed.