Principle 3 Health, Safety, and Freedom from Violence
Key Element C Workplace Violence (including Sexual Harassment)

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Violence in the workplace is a serious safety, health, and business issue that takes many forms, including verbal and physical abuse, sexual harassment, domestic violence and, in extreme cases, homicide. Workers impacted by violence have higher absentee rates, difficulty concentrating on their work, and are more likely to leave their job. The morale and time of other employees watching the incidents or comforting the victim is impacted. Human resources costs may skyrocket to hire new employees and/or fire perpetrators of violence. Finally, there may be resulting lawsuits and negative publicity.

There are 5 indicators for this element.
Indicator 1

Conduct an assessment of the physical security procedures in place, including the safety of female employees traveling to and from the workplace, and on company-related business, and the safety of vendors in the workplace. Review history of past incidents of workplace violence to identify patterns. Note best practices and challenges in how incidents were addressed.

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Indicator 2

Establish written policies and procedures for preventing and addressing sexual harassment, and include protection from harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

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Indicator 3

Establish a zero tolerance policy for violent words/actions, firearms, and/or other weapons in the workplace (unless there exists a business necessity) that is publicly displayed. Provide a means for reporting these incidents, conduct immediate follow-up investigations, and ensure that no reprisals will be taken against employees who report or experience workplace violence.

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Indicator 4

Develop an external workplace violence resource network for the organization that includes counselors, security consultants, and local law enforcement.

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Indicator 5

Conduct required trainings for all employees on detecting, preventing, and addressing sexual harassment and abuse.

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