Active Shooter Training
Workplace Active Shooter Response Training
In today's unpredictable world, workplaces are not exempt from the threat of active shooter situations. Regardless of the industry or company size, ensuring the safety of employees must be a priority. While risk can never be eliminated, thorough training and preparedness can make a significant difference. Employees need to have training in recognizing warning signs, understanding situational awareness, and knowing the safest responses during an active shooter scenario. Workplace active violence response training offers a structured and informed approach to help companies and their staff prepare for this type of emergency.Take our 3-Minute Readiness Assessment
Workplace Active Shooter Training Protocols
Effective training is the cornerstone of a proactive approach to potential workplace threats. Employees empowered with the right knowledge and tactics are more likely to respond calmly and efficiently during high-stress situations. Such preparation not only reduces the potential for violence but also helps in mitigating the impacts of a violent incident.
- Understanding the Threat Landscape: Before addressing response tactics, it's crucial for employees to grasp the nature of threats. This includes the motivations behind such attacks and the typical scenarios in which they occur.
- Building a Culture of Awareness: Regularly encourage discussions about safety and cultivate an environment where employees feel comfortable reporting suspicious behavior. This proactive approach may help avoid violent situations.
- Reinforcing Reporting Protocols: Ensure employees know the internal channels for reporting concerns. Whether it's an anonymous tip line or a direct approach to HR, clear reporting pathways can make a big difference.
Reactions to Violence in the Workplace
The initial moments after an active shooter incident can be chaotic. For those present, understanding the basics of situational assessment and types of responses can make all the difference between life and death.
- Assessing the Immediate Environment: Every employee should be trained to always be aware of their surroundings. This involves recognizing unusual behaviors or items and identifying potential exit routes or safe hiding places.
- Reacting with Purpose: If faced with an active shooter situation, the typical reaction is to panic. However, with the right training, employees can learn how to first find safety before attempting to help others. This might mean escaping from the threat, finding an effective hiding spot, or, as a last resort, fighting back.
- Effective Communication: In moments of crisis, clear communication is key. Employees should know how to quickly alert others about the threat and how to safely communicate with emergency services.
Workplace Bleeding Control Training
In the unfortunate event of a violent incident at a workplace, bystanders often become immediate responders. Training in stop the bleed techniques and practicing how to apply those skills, can prove invaluable in those initial moments.
- Recognizing the Severity: Not all injuries are the same. Employees trained to identify the severity of a wound can make a more informed decision on how best to assist.
- Prioritizing Safety: Before attempting to help an injured coworker, ensure personal safety. This might involve moving away from a threat or ensuring the injured person is further away from harm.
- Effective First Aid Application: From using a bandage effectively to understanding when and how to apply a tourniquet, proper training can be the difference between life and death.
An overview, while useful, is only the starting point. For truly effective preparedness, comprehensive training is essential. HSI’s Active Violence Emergency Response Training (AVERT) combines active shooter response and emergency bleeding control training and is designed with the workplace in mind.
Equip your team with the tools and knowledge they need to protect themselves and their colleagues in the face of danger by learning more about AVERT.