Workplace Violence Prevention
The Geneva City School District is committed to the safety and security of our employees. Workplace violence presents a potentially serious occupational safety hazard to our agency, staff, and clients.
“Workplace violence” is defined as any physical assault or act of aggressive behavior occurring where an employee performs any work-related duty, including, but not limited to, any attempt or threat — whether verbal or physical — to inflict physical injury upon an employee; any intentional and wrongful physical contact with a person, without their consent, that entails some injury; or stalking an employee with the intent of causing fear of material harm to such employee, when such stalking occurs during the course of employment.
Acts of violence against any of our employees where any work-related duty is performed will be thoroughly investigated, and appropriate action will be taken, including involving law enforcement authorities when warranted. All employees are responsible for:
- helping to create an environment of mutual respect for each other, for clients, and for visitors;
- following all policies, procedures, and practices; and
- for generally helping to maintain a safe and secure work environment.
This policy is designed to meet the requirements of New York State Labor Law Art. 2 27-b, and it highlights some of the elements found within our Workplace Violence Prevention Program. The process involved in complying with this law includes a workplace evaluation designed to identify risks of workplace violence to which our employees could be exposed. This evaluation will take place over the next month by the Workplace Violence Prevention Planning Team.
Authorized Employee Representative(s) will participate in:
- Evaluating the physical environment
- Developing the Workplace Violence Prevention Program;
- Reviewing incident reports at least annually to identify trends in the types of incidents reported, if any, and
- Reviewing the effectiveness of the mitigating controls
All employees will participate in an annual Workplace Violence Prevention Training Program. This policy aims to promote the safety and well-being of all people in our workplace. All incidents of violence or threatening behavior will be responded to immediately upon notification. All personnel are responsible for notifying the contact person designated below of any violent incidents and threatening behavior, including threats they have witnessed, received, or have been told that another person has witnessed or received: