Every employee deserves to feel safe and comfortable at work. This is not just an ideal, but personal safety at work is the law. Personal safety covers a range of issues from tripping over a hazard to a malfunctioning piece of equipment and even encountering a threatening client or member of the public. In most cases, managing personal safety is common sense. However, every workplace will have personalised higher risks to consider, and employers have a legal duty to minimise these risks as much as possible.
Personal Safety With Workplace Violence
The European Commission describes violence in the workplace as; “incidents where staff are abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances related to their work, including commuting to and from work, involving an explicit or implicit challenge to their safety, well-being and health”.
Furthermore, the Health and Safety Executive, HSE, states that employers must’; “decide what could harm you in your job and the precautions to stop it. This is part of risk assessment.”
Consequently, this means that employers need to reduce the risk of staff facing the fear of threatening behaviour or assault in a way that is related to their work. So, what can be done to help ensure personal safety at work in relation to workplace violence?
Personal Safety At Work With Breakaway Self Defence
At Basis Training, we help employers and their employees to protect themselves with Breakaway Self Defence. Our course provides candidates with easy to use and memorable techniques that can help them to escape from potentially dangerous and challenging situations.
This course does not require physical strength, which means it is the ideal course for all employees. Instead, it provides a range of careful holds and grabs that offer a defensive body position that can help to protect the individual and their colleagues from the threat of further attack.
“Our popular Breakaway Self Defence course sees candidates from a range of industries and work environments, all of which may suffer from the threat of abuse and violence. We have designed this course to involve plenty of active participation so that candidates have the chance to practice the different techniques and possible holds. With this, we hope that the right position comes to mind if a candidate faces a threat in their workplace after the training.” – John Davies, Director of Basis Training.
If you’d like to protect your staff from the threat of workplace violence, give our team a call for more information on our one-day course.