Is your workplace prepared for an active shooter?

The Uvalde, Texas, massacre was especially horrific, but it wasn't unique. So far in 2022, there have been more mass shootings in the United States (250+) than days in the year. Many have occurred in stores, warehouses, offices and other workplaces.

Federal law dictates that employers have a "duty of care" to keep customers and employees safe from dangers that they can reasonably anticipate. By now, employers should have a plan in place to mitigate the potential damage in an active-shooter situation. Base your plan on these steps:

* Train employees what to do in active-shooter incidents. Make sure everyone knows where all exits are located. Make sure doors are never locked from the inside.

* Develop a system to alert employees to the threat, such as a...

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