Implementing a Safety Plan

Employers can help victims who are willing to take action by directing them to experts in the company’s assistance program or local shelters. The employee should also be asked what changes in the work environment would make them feel safest. Suggestions include changing the employee’s office phone number, removing the employee’s name from automated contact lists, providing panic buttons for the employee and receptionist, and providing priority parking for the victim to gain easy access to the building. Inform the employee that it is important to save any threatening voice messages or emails received at the workplace for future litigation. Additionally, the employee should be asked to obtain a restraining order that includes the workplace, and keep a copy of the document on hand[1]. Further, the workplace safety plan should include modifications designed to prevent the perpetrator from harming the intended victim or any other employee by making arrangements for necessary security enhancements. These may include installing or changing locks or key cards; hiring additional security personnel; and making the identity of the perpetrator known to security personnel with instructions to preclude the entrance of the perpetrator onto the employer’s premises. Employers must strive to protect victim confidentiality to the maximum extent possible[1].