ASSE Technical Report on Active Shooters Forthcoming

With each news report of an incident involving an active shooter, concern about workplace violence grows. ASSE is taking steps to help address this problem by developing an active shooter technical report, which it began writing as members and stakeholders requested technical guidance for addressing active shooter events from the OSH professional’s perspective.

ASSE convened a working group of experts to provide insights on the first draft of the report. Led by ASSE, the working group involved individuals experienced in law enforcement, industrial security and corporate safety compliance. Development of the report is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

According to data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, incidents of workplace violence caused 866 deaths in 2016, a 23% increase from the 2015 total of 703. Workplace violence was the second-leading cause of on-the-job fatalities in 2016, trailing only transportation-related deaths.

“The safety of workers in any setting is of utmost importance to ASSE, and unfortunately there is no industry or location that is risk-free in today’s environment,” says ASSE President Jim Smith, M.S., CSP. “Senseless acts of violence have occurred in schools, night clubs, churches, government offices, manufacturing plants, shopping centers and many other places. As occupational safety and health professionals, we must help employers pursue preventive measures and help get more people trained to recognize and report warning signs in order to mitigate risks.”