In the recent months, the recognition of workplace related violence has changed within Europe due the series of terror attacks especially in middle Europe beginning with the assault on the theatre Bataclan in Paris.
As the attacks focused on highly populated, urbanized areas to catch media attendance and to cause maximum physical harm to humans in the surrounding area.
Besides the general perception of the security situation in Europe, such incidents afflicted the local business infrastructure directly as well as indirectly: stores and workplaces has been the stage for violent acts on the one hand and became shelter areas for the fleeing crowd on the other hand.
Especially in Germany the active shooter incident in Munich on 22nd of July showed, that the general perception of threats to the public may result in mass panic with injured people and a drastic restriction of public life in business districts. The massive effects on the safety and security of the workplace out of such incidents has shifted the private business policies toward such kind of incidents:
Private companies recognized the need for preparedness and requirement for sufficient communication and practice plans to make sure responders know who is at risk and people know what to do if an event happens, as they cannot rely solely on police and other government assistance: such acts of violence usually ended before the police arrived.
In this framework i.b.s. has been awarded with a large scale and long term contract by one of the blue-chip companies in Germany, to provide comprehensive operational security and training services to enhance the safety and security for the companies employees at different national workplace locations.
Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in our services or click for general information about the issue on the links below:
BBC Article about the Munich Active Shooter Incident
OSHA Report Workplace Violence and Harassment: A European Picture
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