Workplace Violence: How to Assess Risk & Create a Prevention Plan

Workplace violence (WPV) is a significant challenge facing businesses, with obvious risks to life safety and investor/public relations. According to OSHA, about 2 million people each year report some type of workplace violence, with an estimated 25% of WPV incidents going unreported.

WPV is a recognized hazard in nursing/residential care facilities and late-night retail establishments, and OSHA has provided helpful guidelines for prevention. While these guidelines are instructive, they are not one-size-fits-all and do not necessarily reflect the unique risks of different industries or geographies. Corporate security teams ultimately must conduct their own threat assessments and create WPV prevention plans tailored to the needs of their own organization.

Learning objectives:

  • Threat analysis: Assessing and circumstances that create/elevate the risk of workplace violence
  • Data-driven approach: what data or information should inform your approach, and where to get it
  • Prevention: Practical steps to reduce the risk of workplace violence through a combination of physical security measures, employee training and corporate policy

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Our Panelists

Robert (Bob) Pocica is an experienced security executive who advises multiple clients on a wide array of topics, including enterprise risk management and corporate security, supply chain and critical infrastructure security, threat intelligence and physical security, and others. Previously, Mr. Pocica served as senior vice president and chief security officer at McKesson, where he was responsible for the security and safety of McKesson’s people, product and property. Before McKesson, Pocica served as senior director of global security programs at Pfizer Pharmaceutical. At Pfizer, Pocica was responsible for the development and implementation of policies, procedures and training programs for the global security department. Pocica began his career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he spent nearly 23 years serving as a special agent where he focused on various criminal investigations and served in managerial roles.

Edward (Ed) Shubert is the senior director of the McKesson Global Security Operations Center, where he is responsible for investigations, crisis management and global security and safety. At McKesson, he has been highly successful in linking security programs with business objectives and leveraging technology to improve performance and reduce cost. Prior to McKesson, Shubert served in executive leadership roles at Manuel, Daniels, Burke International and GlobalOptions Inc, providing a wide variety of security, risk management, investigative and training services. Shubert started his career at the FBI, where he was responsible for the development, execution, and oversight of all aspects of the FBI Security Program, including personnel, industrial, facility, information, and communications security.

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