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ASIS International and SHRM Release American National Standard on Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention

Violence in the workplace represents one of the most challenging security and personnel safety problems that organizations can face today. To help companies and organizations respond to and become better prepared for such challenges, two American National Standards Institute (ANSI) members and accredited standards developers, ASIS International and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), have joined forces to release an American National Standard (ANS) aimed at preventing violence in the workplace.

ASIS/SHRM WVP.1-2011, Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention, helps organizations implement policies and practices to more quickly identify threatening behavior and violence affecting the workplace, develop or enhance workplace violence prevention and intervention programs, and effectively manage post-incident issues.

"Practitioners can use the standard to evaluate whether their organization is taking sufficient steps to protect employees from a wide range of problematic behaviors that can compromise workplace safety," said Rebecca A. Speer, chair of the ASIS Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention Standard Committee. "It helps to answer the tough questions many security, HR, and legal professionals need to ask: ‘Are we doing enough?' and more importantly, ‘Are we doing the right things?'"

The standard establishes policies, processes, and protocols that organizations can adopt to identify and prevent threatening behavior and violence affecting the workplace, and to better address and resolve threats and violence that have occurred. The standard also describes the implementation of a workplace violence prevention and intervention program, as well as protocols for effective incident management and resolution. The standard‘s recommendations are broad in order to provide organizations the flexibility needed to implement prevention and intervention strategies appropriate for their workplace.

"The HR and the security communities have created an enduring and comprehensive approach for business professionals to manage the risk of violence and to better assure the safety of employees under their charge," said Lee Webster, director of HR standards at SHRM. "There is no higher duty for HR professionals, which makes this work so gratifying."?

The work of preparing ASIS Standards and Guidelines is carried out through the ASIS International Standards and Guidelines Commission and its committees. Founded in 1955, ASIS International is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing standards, educational programs, and materials that address broad security interests. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities, and the public.

An association devoted to human resource management, SHRM represents more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the interests of the HR profession.


Jana Zabinski

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