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Frequently Asked Questions

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Should I be concerned about workplace violence?

YES!  Workplace violence, and the trauma caused by such events, continues to be the leading concern of Security Managers at America's largest corporations according to "Top-Security Threats," a survey of Fortune 1000 Companies by Pinkerton's.

Workplace violence won't happen to me... will it?

It's very difficult to predict...and never completely preventable.  Violence in the workplace is a serious threat to the physical safety of workers and management--not just the success of the business.

Why is workplace violence such an important issue?

Over 2,000,000 incidents per year are recorded. Homicide has become the second leading cause of workplace death...with about 20 workers murdered...plus an additional 18,000 workers assaulted every week (USDOJ/OSHA).  Each day 16,400 threats are made, 723 workers are attacked and 43,800 are harassed (Workplace Violence Research Institute).  A study by a major life insurance company found that one in four full-time workers has been harassed, threatened or attacked, and that co-workers accounted for most of the harassment followed by customers.

Do co-worker domestic affairs concerns affect me?

Yes.  Employees were victimized in acts of violence by a spouse, ex-spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend or relative in nearly one out of every ten violent incidents according to SHRM's 1999 Workplace Violence Survey.

What is a good workplace violence program?

A good program should include comprehensive steps to reduce the risk of all types of potential workplace violence; from armed robbery to an upset employee to domestic violence.  Planning, awareness and training are keys to a good strategy.

Here are some interesting workplace violence statistics!

  • Highly stressed workers experience twice the rate of violence and harassment as less stressed employees.
  • Homicide is reported to be the third leading cause of death on the job for men and the primary cause for women.
  • Workplace violence leads to increased medical and stress-related disability claims, lower productivity, higher turnover and possibly greater legal liability for the employer.
  • 11,000 serious incidents occur each year.
  • Third leading cause of occupational death
  • 48% occur in the south. 24% in the west. 19% north central. 8% northeast.
  • Leading cause of death in the workplace for women.
  • Each year there are 1100 assaults; 1000 homicides; 875 shootings; 700 stabbings and 210 suicides.
  • The average cost of a workplace violence incident is $250,000.

Myths about workplace violence

  • Workplace or school violence is a direct outgrowth of mental illness or emotional disturbance. Reality: Workplace or school violence rarely has to do with DSM disorders.
  • A Violence Risk Assessment is the same as a Mental Health Assessment. Reality: They are TOTALLY different.
  • Even if you can identify violent individuals, there is nothing you can do about it.  Reality: Intervention works.

Are you licensed? Is a professional license required?

Yes.  We have a professional license in Washington state and a business license in Alaska.  A professional license is not required for conducting contraband inspections.

How much do you charge?

Our Fee Schedule is available upon request.  Please contact us and we will be happy to provide you with a free quote.  Because of often uncovered variables, it is difficult to always give an exact number.  However, we do our best to give you an accurate cost analysis before we get started.  Communicating with clients is one of our strongest points.  You will have authority over a budget and the extent of information collected.