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Workplace Violence Issues

The exact amount of workplace violence incidences currently happening in America is staggering. Workplace violence is a serious issue that can take various forms, including verbal and physical assault, threats, harassment, intimidation, external intrusion and many can result in serious injuries and even death. Shootings in schools, nightclubs, on governmental properties such as post offices, malls, really anywhere people congregate is on the rise in this country. It’s been determined that mental health issues have exacerbated the situation which is no surprise to social and mental health practitioners.  Homelessness, PTS afflicted individuals, poverty and the general lack of skilled facilities to deal with the mentally ill not to mention the prevalence of factors such as industry, geographic location, and socioeconomic conditions all have their contributions to the growing number of incidents.

Various organizations, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), track workplace violence incidents and provide reports and statistics on the subject. These statistics can help policymakers, employers, and workers understand the scope of the issue and develop strategies to prevent and address workplace violence.

What Steps Can be Taken to Curb Workplace Violence

If a local business owner is interested in up-to-date statistics on workplace violence in the North Florida area, we at ESI, Emergency Systems Inc. would recommend consulting recent reports from reputable sources such as government agencies, academic institutions, or non-profit organizations focused on workplace safety and health.

According to our own statistics at ESI, a premier Security and Fire Alarm Company since 1979, we believe that a strong defense is the best course of action any business owner can take to mitigate a workplace incident. Here are our recommendations.

First let’s start off by securing the entry ways. How important is having a keyless entry, access control system installed in your place of business or office to curb workplace violence. Having a keyless entry access control system installed can be one of the most important components of a comprehensive strategy to enhance workplace safety and security, including curbing workplace violence. Here’s why:

Controlled Access: Keyless entry systems allow businesses to control who can enter the premises and at what times. This can help prevent unauthorized individuals, including potential perpetrators of violence, from gaining access to the workplace.

Monitoring and Tracking: These systems often include features such as access logs and audit trails, which enable businesses to monitor and track employee and visitor movements. This can be valuable for identifying unusual or suspicious behavior and investigating security incidents.

Customization: Keyless entry systems can be customized to meet the specific security needs of a business, including restricting access to certain areas, setting different access levels for employees based on their roles, and implementing security protocols such as requiring multi-factor authentication for sensitive areas.

Emergency Response: In the event of a security threat or emergency situation, keyless entry systems can facilitate a faster and more coordinated response by allowing businesses to quickly lock down or secure the premises, restrict access to certain areas, and provide access to emergency responders as needed.

Deterrence: The presence of a keyless entry system can serve as a deterrent to potential perpetrators of workplace violence, as it signals that the business takes security seriously and has implemented measures to protect its employees and assets.

While keyless entry systems can be an important tool in addressing workplace violence, and is a first line of defense, it’s essential to recognize that they are just one component of a broader security strategy. Internal threats can be combated by the use of video surveillance, CCTV’s, panic and silent alarms just to name a few components that are available. Employers should also invest in training employees on security protocols, implementing emergency response plans, fostering a culture of awareness and reporting, and addressing any underlying factors that contribute to workplace violence, such as workplace stress or conflicts.

At ESI we analyze your building and design a security shield to meet your individual office or business needs and budget. Give us a call at 904-388-3975 for a free security consultation conducted by a highly trained and experienced security alarm technician.