Handgun placed next to a laptop computerUAB’s Workplace Violence Awareness and Prevention courses focus on the concepts of prevention through design and informed awareness and preparedness for instances of workplace violence. Workplace violence continues to escalate and employers, employees and customers must be prepared to act safely.

According to OSHA,
Workplace violence is 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. Homicide is currently the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), of the 4,547 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in the United States in 2010, 506 were workplace homicides. Homicide is the leading cause of death for women in the workplace. [More...] However it manifests itself, workplace violence is a major concern for employers and employees nationwide.
Course participants will find these high impact courses to be practical and immediately applicable to their place of employment.

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This course presents fundamental concepts of workplace violence from a safety professional’s perspective. Workplace violence is a growing concern around the world and the potential for serious injuries or fatalities from workplace violence is high. This course will provide an overview of workplace violence history, definitions, types, myths, realities, indicators, warning signs, culture, reaction, recovery, training, policies and procedures.


In this course, the ASIS/SHRM WVP1.1-2011 Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention American National Standard will be reviewed in detail. Resources from OSHA and NIOSH will be discussed. National and international trends and responses to workplace violence will be reviewed. The student will come away with a comprehensive understanding of regulations and best practices that they can immediately apply in their workplace.


This course presents legal and ethical ramifications for various types of workplace violence, active shooter response methods, and workplace violence assessment and de-escalation skills. Focus areas include the economics of workplace violence, organizational culture, training, policy development, the threat management team, case studies, and guidelines for active shooter response.

Cost: $35 per course, $105 for the series
Format: Online, on-demand, 30 days to complete each course
Result: 0.1 CEU (1 content hour per course)


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