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Workplace Violence Prevention

Big Sandy ADD is committed to preventing workplace violence and to maintaining a safe work environment. We have adopted the following guidelines to deal with intimidation, harassment, or other threats of (or actual) violence that might occur during business hours or on our premises.

All employees, including volunteers and temporary employees, should be treated with courtesy and respect at all times. Employees are expected to refrain from fighting, "horseplay," or other conduct that may be dangerous to others. We prohibit firearms, weapons, and other dangerous or hazardous devices and substances from the premises or property of Big Sandy ADD without proper authorization.

Big Sandy ADD will not tolerate conduct that threatens, intimidates, or coerces another employee, a customer, or a member of the public at any time, including off-duty periods. This includes all acts of harassment, including harassment that is based on an individual's sex, race, age, or any characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

All threats of (or actual) violence, either direct or indirect, should be reported as soon as possible to your team leader or any other member of management. This includes threats by employees as well as threats by customers, vendors, solicitors, or anyone else. When reporting a threat of violence, you should be as specific and detailed as possible.

Be sure to report any suspicious person or activities as soon as possible to a team leader. Do not place yourself in peril. If you see or hear a commotion or disturbance near your work area, do not try to intercede or see what is happening.

We will promptly and thoroughly investigate all reports of threats of (or actual) violence and of suspicious individuals or activities. The identity of the person who made the report will be protected to the extent practical. To maintain workplace safety and the integrity of its investigation, Big Sandy ADD may suspend an employee, either with or without pay, pending investigation.

Any person who violates these guidelines will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. Violations include making a threat of violence or actually committing a violent act.

If you are having a dispute or differences with another employee, we encourage you to discuss it with your team leader or the Executive Office before the situation escalates into potential violence. Big Sandy ADD is eager to assist in the resolution of employee disputes and we will not discipline an employee for raising these types of concerns.

Policy No.  522  Issued  7/17/2003    

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