Part Five – Components of a SAFE Workplace

Executive Involvement

Over the past several weeks of this series, we’ve focused on what components are involved to develop a comprehensive Workplace Violence Prevention Program. It’s clear that it takes commitment from all levels of the organization. This begins with the Executive Leadership. For a program to be highly effective, it requires that the leaders of the organization are behind the effort and supportive of the development of the program. With leadership involvement the rest of the organization will be able to identify the importance and take ownership where applicable.

American National Standard WVPI.1-2011 outlines five areas the insist senior leadership involvement for a program to be successful. First, leadership must identify this program as an “organizational priority and thereby helping set the right tone at the top.” Therefore, it’s crucial for the leadership to appoint the appropriate personnel to manage this program. After identifying the core team, the program needs to be formalized with the program documents and policies. The leadership should be reviewing these policies and providing their approval.

The fourth key to executive involvement would entail allocating sufficient resources to allow for the managing team to establish and implement the program, and to provide quality training across the different levels of the organization. Lastly, it’s important that leadership allocates resources and necessary authorizations that would be needed for incident management.

At CPPS, we’ve found that the best way to encourage the proper involvement from organizational leadership is through training and consultation geared specifically for that team.  Leadership teams have tight schedules and their time is valuable. So, providing a succinct training time that outlines what the program involves and how they can best assist the program will foster a “top-down” commitment. Thus, a program with this kind of commitment allows for the Workplace Violence Prevention program to have organizational wide commitment and program longevity.

To help organizations gain a “top-down” commitment to their employee safety and commitment to preventing violence in their workplace, CPPS created the SAFE Workplace Certification. For years, we’ve been working with organizations to formalize their Workplace Violence Prevention Programs to get the requisite involvement we’ve discussed above and over the past several weeks. These programs are a large effort and we wanted organizations have a way to recognize their effort. That’s why we built the SAFE Workplace Certification program. By becoming certified, your organization is showing that it has taken the necessary steps to mitigate the liability exposures for potential violence and becoming consistent with National Standards and Directives at the same time.

If you’d like to learn more about the SAFE Workplace Certification program, please contact us below or click to get a copy of the SAFE Workplace Certification Overview and Criteria Document.


ASIS International; Society for Human Resources Management. (2011). American National Standard WVPI.1-2011, Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention. Aexandria: American National Standard Institute.

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