In 2018 60% of all Active/Mass Shooter events happened at a business location. Don’t let the “The odds are it won’t happen here!” mentality stop you from being prepared for these horrible events. Businesses in today’s world need to comply with OSHA’s General Duty Clause!
All employers have a duty to provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm [General Duty Clause 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety & Health ACT]. Recent court rulings throughout the country have allowed negligence suits filed by victims of violent intruders and workplace shootings to proceed against employers for failing to provide defensive training to their employees. In other words, companies can no longer avoid their corporate responsibility to provide training on how to react if confronted by a violent intruder or mass shooting situation.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to HR management. In September 2018 they posted on their website that there is a need for emergency action plans.
Your staff will be trained in the skills needed to stop these from situations in the first place. Like De-Escalation and Advanced Situational Awareness. If the worst-case scenario does happen, we also train the staff how to handle it calmly and safely. Denial is not an option in these life or death scenarios. We use state of the art equipment that is usually only available to law enforcement and our military. The SHRM even states:
Active shooter simulation exercises can be an effective way to prepare workers for a real-life situation, but training methods shouldn’t cause unnecessary trauma. The most effective way to prepare for a potential active-shooter event is to combine announced simulations with training materials. Drills can mimic the stress and chaos of an actual event and put the principles of an active-shooter training program to the test. It is important for companies to tailor the program to their individual needs and ensure that all employees are trained on proper protocols.
Training videos are not enough to stop criminals from doing harm. Getting your staff trained and certified by TLT Defense can keep your building, employees, and bottom line safe.