By Tilden Bird
The North Dakota Safety Council held a Workplace Violence Planning and Management course in the TERO building west of New Town on Saturday, March 19.
The course was taught by Mike McCloud, Emergency Operations Planner for the NDSC. Members of law enforcement, 4 Bears Casino security, TERO, and Child and Family Services attended the three-hour course.
Attendants learned of the “Three P’s,” prevention, policy, and planning. Those taking the course also learned of the history and statistics of mass shootings and signs of possible workplace violence.
Under the Prevention part of the curriculum, those attending learned how a business, workplace, or school might prevent violent acts from occurring. Some tips included running background checks, installing metal detectors, following safety measures, training supervisors in indications of possible violent behavior, and recommendations to counseling.
During the Policy portion of the course, it was recommended that workplaces institute Emergency Response Plans as well as administrative measures to prevent possibly violent employees from even beginning employment with the company.
For Planning, attendees learned the basics of Emergency Response Plans such as having evacuation routes posted, accounting for employees, protection of records, and resuming normal operations. It was also stressed that should a company enact an ERP, that law enforcement be notified in order for them to know what your workplace, church, or school will do in the case of an emergency and so that they will also be able to provide feedback for an ERP.
This particular training course is only available through the North Dakota Safety Council and is recognized nationally and accredited through the Department of Homeland Security. During the course, those who requested it were provided with a copy of a workplace violence policy, which is a general guideline for workplaces to begin to develop their own policy. NDSC also provides on-site assessments for workplaces, schools, and places of worship to develop their own ERP.
The North Dakota Safety Council is a private non-profit organization supported through grants, donations, memberships and training. Their mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, and in homes and communities. With more than 1,000 member companies representing all sizes of all industries, the NDSC is an active participant in influencing safe work practices all across North Dakota.