What the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) says about protecting our place of work from active shooter type attacks.  OSHA-Graphic-2-600x245

While OSHA does not have specific requirements for workplace violence prevention, employers are required to maintain an emergency plan.  Contact SafePlans to discuss your active shooter and all-hazards emergency preparedness needs.

The following is directly from the OSHA website regarding enforcement of procedures for workplace violence, like an active shooter.

“There are currently no specific standards for workplace violence.”

However, under the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970, employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that “is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.” The courts have interpreted OSHA’s general duty clause to mean that an employer has a legal obligation to provide a workplace free of conditions or activities that either the employer or industry recognizes as hazardous and that cause, or are likely to cause, death or serious physical harm to employees when there is a feasible method to abate the hazard.

An employer that has experienced acts of workplace violence, or becomes aware of threats, intimidation, or other indicators showing that the potential for violence in the workplace exists, would be on notice of the risk of workplace violence and should implement a workplace violence prevention program combined with engineering controls, administrative controls, and training.

OSHA Enforcement Letters of Interpretation

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