Is your organization prepared to handle workplace violence?

Violence in the workplace is the second leading cause of on-the-job fatalities in this country and costs the American workforce $36 billion per year. After businesses, schools and universities are the second most frequently attacked location by an active shooter, but the reality is that a violent intruder risk is present at any place with a large number of people. How can businesses, schools and non-profits take proper safety measures with limited resources?

Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) has partnered with the ALICE Training Institute (ATI) on a nationwide program that is specialized to help these groups, as well as anyone who may get caught in a workplace violence situation. Developed after the Columbine school shooting in 1999, ALICE (Alert, Lock-down, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) provides a research-based, proactive approach to responding to an active shooter situation.  ALICE training methodologies are endorsed by the Federal Departments’ of Education, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, FBI, and FEMA.

“The ALICE Training Institute is honored to be the preferred provider of violent intruder training and consulting for PHLY and the customers they insure.  It is very important that all organizations have a realistic plan and policy in place that can mitigate the potential tragedy and eliminate claims of indifference or lack of training,” said Greg Crane, ALICE Founder and former tactical team leader, SWAT officer, crime scene investigator, and field training officer.

About the Seminars

The PHLY sponsored seminars take place at multiple locations across country throughout the year.  These seminars present a comprehensive program that utilizes infrastructure, technology, and human action to maximize the odds of survival should someone experience an active shooter event. Three key lessons attendees will learn include:

  • Why an informed response by employees and general public is critical to survival
  • Effective strategies besides lockdown/ secure-in-place
  • How to train employees and others to respond

In addition to this national campaign, PHLY policy holders will have the option to access ATI onsite training, consultation, high-quality, web-based training programs – all at a discounted rate.  Providing simple and affordable access to ALICE is one more way that PHLY is helping increase safety and minimize loss.

“There is no method or pattern to these horrible violent incidents, making them hard to prevent,” shared Mark Konchan, vice president of Risk Management Services for Philadelphia Insurance Companies. “Our customers – particularly schools and non-profits with limited resources – have asked PHLY for education on how to handle active shooter and other violent intruder scenarios. ALICE provides the expertise and training that we hope will help save lives.”