Court upholds recognizable hazard to include Active Shooter incidents.
Osha's General Duty Clause, section 5(a)(1) states the following:...employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that "is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees." The courts have interpreted OSHA's general duty clause to mean that an employer has a legal obligation to provide a workplace free of conditions or activities that either the employer or industry recognizes as hazardous and that cause, or are likely to cause, death or serious physical harm to employees when there is a feasible method to abate the hazard.
An employer that has experienced acts of workplace violence, or becomes aware of threats, intimidation, or other indicators showing that the potential for violence in the workplace exists, would be on notice of the risk of workplace violence and should implement a workplace violence prevention program combined with engineering controls, administrative controls, and training.
The courts have also upheld that an Active Shooter incident would qualify as a 'recognizable hazard."
This means as a business owner, you need to provide the proper training to your employees to fulfill the obligations of providing a safe workplace.
Compliance and Safety First is now an authorized ALICE Active Shooter Training Instructor. This program is the most prolific and fastest growing response training to Active Shooters in the country. It has already been accepted as THE response policy for many states and has already saved countless lives.