Workplace: Violent Crime Prevention

POSTED BY: News Department
Wednesday, April 18, 2001 - 04:14 PM
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Nearly one million violent crimes occur in the workplace each year. That staggering number is prompting businesses to establish violence prevention plans. And today, some local business people attended a seminar on prevention planning at Ohio University Zanesville. Dr. Mark Erenburg, Director for the Ohio Safety Center said most importantly, plans should have input from everyone. "You have to get them all fully involved in being responsible and accountable for their own safety and violence. The management, the business needs to provide the resources, needs to be the support, needs to say what can we do to help you promote safety in the workplace?" he said. The Muskingum County Job and Family Services already has a violence prevention plan in place. "Well, we have given cell phones to the staff that need it. A lot of people we employ are out in the field and they have two way communication. They can communicate with someone at the main office any time. We've recently attended a training on bomb threats and fire evacuation, said Tanya Sturtz, Deputy Director of Social Services. Dr. Erenburg suggests increases in violence could be due partly to downsizing and staff reduction, which adds to anxiety and stress on the job. If you need more information for your business, you can contact the Ohio Safety Center at 440-336-4757.

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