WORKPLACE VIOLENCE PREVENTION
a Florida not-for-profit corporation
RESEARCH, ANALYTICS AND RISK MANAGEMENT
The WVPI's research bureau conducts ongoing studies and evaluations on relevant workplace violence topics including active shooter, employee-on-employee violence, bullying, harassment and retaliation.
The data from this research is used to develop corresponding recommendations, policies andprocedures, and risk mitigation designed to minimize exposure for workplace violence. These services are developed to comply with governing employment law statutes including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion and national origin.
The WVPI's research bureau also offers and publishes videos, modules, white papers and other content on workplace violence prevention.
Moreover, as younger workers and disabled employees can be particularly vulnerable to harassment, bullying, assaults and other forms of workplace violence, the WVPI offers education and training to guide employees, parents, guardians, and other interested parties to help these susceptible workers recognize the various forms of workplace violence and what to do to spot and stop it.
These educational services are also intended to advise the employees before they start working they do not have to tolerate violence in the workplace as a condition of employment, and offers suggestions as to what they should do if they experience it in the workplace.
EMPOWERING VICTIMS OF PAST VIOLENCE
Victims of bullying, harassment, physical and psychological abuse, assault, battery and attempted murder arising from workplace violence can experience long-lasting, detrimental, and sometimes even devastating impacts and effects.
The WVPI recognizes that victims may also include members of the impacted employee's family, as stressors experienced by the employee/victim are not always left at the workplace door. They often spill over into the impacted employee's personal life and touches the family. This is most particularly when the incident involves the ultimate act of workplace violence: Occupational Homicide.
The WVPI strives to provide outreach services and give victims a voice, including providing them with outlets to tell their personal stories in case study educational programming and via the WVPI's guest blog series.
These initiatives are designed to serve as growth opportunities for workplace violence survivors, to help and empower them, and to enable them assist others who may be currently experiencing workplace violence.
EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING SERVICES
Pursuant to the federal OSH ACT of 1970, the employer "shall furnish to each of his employees employment and 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 employees,,,"
OSHA defines workplace violence as "any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors."
Liability could potentially exist where the employer is on notice of such conduct. Workplace violence brings with it a host of problems including compromising the safety of people, costly litigation, disruption to the organization, loss of goodwill, employee turnover, lost business and more.
The WVPI offers cutting-edge workplace violence prevention programming and solutions to assist employers in identifying prospective risk factors and offering proactive solutions to the growing tragedy of workplace violence.