Part of your workplace violence plan should address strategies for workers to protect themselves. First, enable and encourage them to recognize violent behaviors and signs in others, including angry outbursts, talk about weapons, intimidating behavior, and holding grudges. Teach employers to take precautions and not to shrug off or ignore any concerns they have about a coworker. Train staff to avoid confrontations by remaining calm, not arguing, not responding to threats, and avoiding situations or places (when possible) where they might encounter a problem. Finally, it is essential that employees report any workplace violence, threats, or concerns immediately. Have a policy and procedure in place designed to protect workers and let them know that their safety is a top priority. Read the full article.