Workplace Violence: Creating a Culture of Safety in Your Organization

by | Mar 27, 2022 | Active Threat Training, Crisis Management

Every year, millions of American workers report having been victims of workplace violence. In 2017, assaults resulted in 18,400 injuries and 458 fatalities, according to Injury Facts®.

Workplace violence is a threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or disruptive behavior that happens in a workplace environment. From threats to physical assaults and shootings, acts of violence are the third-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. It can affect employees, clients, customers and visitors.

Workplace violence can happen anywhere at any time. What matters is how effectively, accurately, and appropriately you choose to respond to the incident. 


According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, workplace violence categorizes into four different segments:

  • Criminal intent
  • Customer/client relationships
  • Worker-on-worker relationships
  • Personal relationships

Did you know that one out of seven Americans doesn’t feel safe at work? This is because workplace violence has increased in the past several decades; 27 percent of shootings have explicitly occurred at workplaces since 1966.

The deadliest situations of workplace violence do involve an active shooter. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security defines an active shooter as someone “actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.” After all, 70 percent of all active shooter incidents are within commerce, business, or educational settings.

Research shows stress and fear significantly reduces when organizations provide workplace violence training for employees. Employees gain the opportunity to incorporate proper threat response, violence prevention, and tips for creating a safer all-around environment when danger strikes.

Your company can take action into their own hands and equip their employees with tools, knowledge, and skills for preparation to survive the next life-threatening event.


Gain insight on how to prepare for workplace violence. You have a chance to make a positive impact on creating a safer work environment.

Prepare and gain knowledge for the following:

  • Prevention plan
  • Identify how workplace violence is defined & different types
  • Warning signs
  • Motivations behind an attack 
  • Team response plan
  • Responding appropriately to violence incidents
  • Crisis Management 

Run, Hide, Fight 

The Houston PD developed a safety model for the general public to utilize to encompass a safer culture whenever and wherever. You have three options when faced with a life-threatening situation:

  • Run – The best choice for your safety. Develop a plan to evacuate and escape. Help others escape, if possible.
  • Hide – If you are unable to make an escape plan and get out safely, find a hiding place. Act quickly and ideally, find a safe room then hide behind large objects.
  • Fight – This option should be a last resort, but if confronted with the active shooter fight for your protection. Act with aggression and commit to your actions. Improvise with weapons for defense.

When authorities arrive, follow their instructions and remain as calm as possible.


Every organization needs to recognize the reality of workplace violence and take action to maintain a safe and healthy environment for its employees. One option to cater to this pertinent need is through employee training.

Let us ask you a question – what are you doing to keep your employees safe?

ATS can help you get the training your company and its employees need to equip themselves better when handling an active shooter threat.


SaferSite equips organizations and businesses with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to maintain a safe environment.

SaferSite provides you with the following programs:

  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Risk Assessment 
  • Threat Analysis 
  • Risk Management 
  • Active Threat Training
  • Emergency Response
  • Post-Incident Communication
  • And more!  

Active Shooter Class with Our Team: What You Can Expect

Our training utilizes the most forward-thinking curriculum presented by the ATS expert trainers. This course is designed to empower every person in your organization by demonstrating simple methods that implement safety and security.

Our active threat training is a 90-minute class designed to educate and empower an individual to “know what to do” when faced with a life-threatening situation. The course is available anywhere in any business.

We care for our audiences and understand the training process can appear to be intimidating. We take pride in presenting the most progressive training to provide thoughtful teachings for our trainees. The experienced team at ATS wants you to gain relevant knowledge without increasing anxiety.

Specifically for your business, during the seminar, our instructor will discuss:

  • Statistics of active threat events on your specific industry
  • The concept of situational awareness and why it’s essential to training
  • The categories of active threat events
  • The mindset and preparedness of active shooters
  • The differences between cover and conceal
  • Security measures your business could be taking
  • The Houston Model: Run, Hide and Fight
  • An attacker’s response to disruptions
  • Developing a plan of attack; during and after an active threat event

After this presentation, our instructor will go through the building and discuss any concerns your employees may have about the space, and what the best way to proceed during an attack would be. To learn more about active threat training, download our guidebook:


We want you to be safe and incorporate a culture of safety in your organization. This is why we train – for your health, safety, and ultimate protection. Don’t rely on hope to be your plan. We want your organization to build confidence to defend itself when problems in the workplace arise.

Education. Empowerment. Assurance. Our team of experts here at ATS believes in those three terms to provide quality teachings for you to maintain a safe working environment. We serve businesses, schoolschurches, healthcare and conventions.

You can apply our training at work, home, or out in public. From situational awareness and personal training to self-defense, our staff offers classes to better identify a dangerous situation and tactics for reacting appropriately.

Are you ready to take the first step in creating a safer environment for your organization?

Let’s talk. Give us a call at 844-244-2255 or click below to get started today.