When a violent incident occurs in the workplace, it is important that an organization have a crisis plan in place in order to avert further damage. Workplace violence typically takes the form of a bomb (threat), a shooting, or a stabbing. Therefore, an organization needs to have evacuation routes and a set of broad guidelines that dictate what actions employees are to undertake in the event of a crisis. The routes and guidelines should be put forth in written form and available to all employees.
Some suggestions for organizations are:
- Notification of a crisis should be made through the use of a fire alarm system, intercom system, telephones, or messengers.
- The CMT members should wear visual identifiers (e.g. hats or armbands).
- Evacuation routes should be clearly identified and posted.
- An organization should practice evacuation drills on a consistent basis.
- Employees should remain calm, use common sense and good judgment, and follow the directives of emergency personnel.