Workplace Violence Prevention Training Course

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Understanding Workplace Violence Prevention and Response

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplace violences includes "any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site." Workplace violence can range from verbal abuse to physical violence to even homicide.

Clearly, employers should do everything they can to protect employees from potential workplace violence. Moreover, under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's General Duty Clause, employers are legally required to provide employees with "employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm." The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( OSHA) has clarified that workplace violence can constitute such a hazard, and employers can face enforcement action for failing to take reasonable steps to prevent it. States are also increasingly adopting laws that require workplace violence prevention programs, particularly for organizations that employ healthcare professionals. Workplace violence prevention training is an essential part of any workplace violence prevention program.

Who Is at Risk of Workplace Violence?

All employers should be aware that workplace violence is a major threat to employees in the United States. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that two million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year. In fact, homicide is one of the leading causes of job-related deaths in the United States. These incidents highlight the need for employers to protect their employees. It is also critical that employers realize that workplace violence can involve employees, but also anyone at the work site, including clients, contractors, and visitors. Employers in all industries should establish a workplace violence prevention training program, but high risk industries, like healthcare workers and public service workers, should place an increased emphasis on this training.

The FBI recommends periodic active shooter and workplace violence prevention training for all employees. Clear Law’s Workplace Violence Prevention training teaches employees how to protect themselves in the event of an active shooter incident using FBI and Department of Homeland Security recommended techniques. The workplace violence training also teaches employees how to recognize warning signs and risk factors for workplace violence.

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Workplace Violence Course Topics

Through a series of interactive scenarios and learning games, employees learn about the following topics:

Recognizing Workplace Violence

  • Risk factors and warning signs that a coworker may become violent at work
  • Recognizing when a coworker has made a threat
  • Knowing when an employee is more likely to become a victim of violence at work
  • Domestic violence and how it affects the workplace

Reporting Workplace Violence

  • How to report concerns about a coworker’s behavior
  • Organizational policies on workplace violence

Workplace Violence Course Design

Clear Law Institute’s Workplace Violence Prevention online training teaches employees:

  • How to respond when an active shooter is in the workplace, and
  • How to recognize risk factors for workplace violence

Among other things, employees learn:

  • Common risk factors and problematic behaviors that signal propensities for workplace violence
  • Best practices for reporting concerns about threats or red flags for violence, including domestic violence that can impact the workplace

Our workplace violence training utilizes a story-based approach with nuanced scenarios. Learners must decide how they would respond to several issues that could arise in a workplace violence situation. Learners also learn to spot red flags of potential workplace violence.

Learners can submit questions about the course content which are answered within two business days.

Accessible to Users with Disabilities

Unlike most training providers, Clear Law Institute ensures that its training is accessible to users with disabilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Clear Law's training meets not only Section 508 requirements but also the strict requirements of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA Success Criteria.


The online course can be customized to your organization’s specific policies and procedures, so that employees receive the exact guidance they need to comply with your organization’s policies. Users can be required to certify that they have read and understood your specific policies.

Clear Law can include your organization’s logo, workplace images, and an introductory audio or video message from a senior official in your organization.

Policy Review and Development Service

Clear Law’s Compliance Advisory Team is available to review or help create your workplace violence and active shooter policies and procedures. Our team includes former FBI agent Katherine Schweit, whose bio is provided below.

Katherine Schweit is an attorney, law school professor, and former FBI special agent. At the FBI, Katherine authored the FBI’s seminal research, A Study of 160 Active Shooter Incidents in the United States. Katherine was also part of the FBI crisis team that responded to active shooter incidents, including the shootings at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Pentagon, and the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard. In the private sector, Katherine has served as Director of Global Security Policy and Training for Live Nation Entertainment. Katherine is the author of the 2021 book, Stop the Killing: How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and DePaul University College of Law.

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