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WorkSafe Webinars

Join us on the last Tuesday of each month for a free webinar, available to both members and non-members. Hosted by Dr. Brian Van Brunt, president of WVPA, and Brian Heider, executive director, along with members of the advisory board and other subject matter experts, these sessions will cover a wide variety of topics related to workplace safety. Summary recordings are available on our YouTube channel, with full recording available to members. 

Watch the first in the series, recorded January 30, 2024.

Workplace Violence Prevention Plans 101

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Supervisor Training on Workplace Violence Prevention Plans

Leadership and administration need to be properly trained in threat assessment, critical incident response, situational awareness, and crisis de-escalation/conflict resolution. This training will outline core competency areas for those responsible for establishing, implementing, and maintaining an effective workplace violence prevention plan. This workshop will also review the importance of attending to issues of cultural differences, bias in assessment, developing a risk mitigation plan, and ensuring stakeholder buy-in.



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Assessing and Mitigating Threats on Social Media

This session will expand the discussion to threats that occur via social media. Dr. Van Brunt will draw from his article “Assessing Threat in Written Communications, Social Media, and Creative Writing” and book An Educator’s Guide to Assessing Threats in Student Writing: Social Media, Email, and other Narrative.



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Physical Safety and Security in the Workplace

There are many approaches to physical security, including threat and vulnerability risk assessments (TVRA) and crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) assessments. This presentation will review what to look for in these physical assessments, the benefits and limitations of free walk-throughs by local law enforcement, how often these should occur, what key elements should be covered, and how the physical assessment report should inform the workplace violence prevention plan.



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Employee Training on Workplace Violence Prevention Plans

The success of any violence prevention plan relies on properly training employees on how to be an active part of violence prevention at their workplace. This includes situational awareness to be aware of potential risks before they occur, crisis-escalation and conflict resolution to better address heated arguments and conflicts, an all-hazard response to emergencies that offers training on topics of fire, earthquakes, hurricanes, power outages, hazmat, active shooters and identifying and responding to suspicious packages (bombs).



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Behavioral Intervention and Threat Teams in the Workplace

BIT/threat teams are central to any workplace violence prevention plan. These multi-disciplinary teams (beyond HR and security) meet regularly to review potential concerns that occur and develop risk mitigation plans. We will share how these teams operate and discuss WVPA standards developed for workplace teams. A review of several case studies using our Pathways-HR expert system will help participants understand the utility of this approach.



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Mental Illness and Violence in the Workplace

The news media projects the idea those with mental illness pose some of the biggest threats when it comes to violence. This simply is not true. Join us as we share some practical advice and guidance when it comes to understanding mental illness in the workplace from both psychological and law enforcement perspectives.



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Workplace Violence Prevention: Understanding Insider and Outsider Threats

Those posing a threat may be an employee or supervisor in the workplace (insider) or someone from outside the workplace carrying out an attack at your location (outsider). We will offer examples of these types of violence and discuss what risk factors should be included in any workplace violence prevention plan. Checklists will be provided and we will review case examples using the Pathways-HR and DarkFox Violence Risk Assessment Systems.



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When Intimate Partner and Domestic Violence Comes to Work

Part of the workplace violence prevention plan includes attending to potential domestic and intimate partner violence that may come into the workplace. We will share with you some of this practical research in this space and stress the importance of early awareness, reporting. and developing a risk mitigation plan.



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