WORKPLACE VIOLENCE PREVENTION MODEL PROGRAM
All state work sites are required to prepare a "Workplace Violence Prevention Program," as well as an Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP), with which all employees are familiar.
- Crime/Workplace Violence Prevention and IIPP Coordinators: For the names of those individuals responsible for the administration of this facility’s Workplace Violence Prevention Program and IIPP, refer to the form STD 621 which includes this information, and is updated on a regular basis.
- Manager/Supervisor: Managers and supervisors are responsible for ensuring compliance with the provisions of both the Workplace Violence Prevention Program and the IIPP.
- Employee: State employees are expected to act professionally, courteously, and responsibly at all times, which ensures compliance with the State of California’s "Zero-Tolerance" workplace violence policy requirement. It is the responsibility of each and every employee to immediately report any and all acts of workplace violence to their supervisor without fear of reprisal. All reports must be taken seriously. The initial verbal report must be followed up with written documentation which should include the following critical information: Names of the involved parties (i.e. perpetrator, victim and witnesses), exactly what occurred, when the incident occurred, where the event took place, and if known why it happened.
There are several places people can turn for help when they have, in some way, been involved with workplace violence. The following four suggestions are merely provided as a starting point.
- Peer Support Personnel: Some departments offer a Peer Support Program to their employees. Peer Support Officers are personnel who have personal first-hand experience dealing with the issues surrounding traumatic events. These officers volunteer their time to assist employees with problems that may arise as a result of violence in the workplace.
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP): The State of California provides access for all employees to EAP Counselors, who are specially trained and ready to deal with the most difficult of workplace related problems. EAP personnel are available to provide assistance 24 hours a day at 800-632-7422. Critical Incident Stress Debriefings are also available, for an additional fee, through the EAP; arrangements for the use of these specialized services should be made by management personnel.
- Support Group: Sometimes talking with others who have shared the same experience is helpful in the healing process. If this is the case, consider joining a local support group. (For more information contact your county social services office.)
- Clergy: Local clergy can be called upon for just about anything; rarely will any compensation be expected. Most often, Pastors, Ministers, Priests and Rabbis have received training to deal with even the most horrible of situations.