It seems like every week there is a mass shooter event someplace in America that tops the 24-hour news cycle. Public spaces, places of worship, schools – no place is safe from violence. But in reality, the most likely location for a mass casualty event is a commercial establishment…a workplace.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration requires employers to provide a workplace “free from recognized hazards,” but there is no specific standard for dealing with Workplace Violence. Which means, it’s up to you.

Our August Quick Takes Tuesday webinar will focus on what a Workplace Violence Prevention Program would look like.

We will discuss:

  • Policies
  • Physical security
  • Human resources considerations
  • Law enforcement integration
  • Types of threats
  • Response measures

We will also discuss current protocol and government guidance on dealing with “active shooter” situations.

About the Presenter

BRIAN RUTHERFORD has over thirty years of experience in OSHA compliance and risk management for printing and publishing, manufacturing and construction companies. He has worked exclusively in the printing industry for twenty years as the KS, MO & OK regulatory manager for PIA MidAmerica, the Print Media Association and Printing Industry Association of the South, where he functions as the safety director for over thirty printing companies. In this capacity, he also developed PrintGuard®, the first OSHA 10-Hour and 30-Hour Classes for General Industry that are specific to the graphic communications sector. He has personally developed and implemented employee safety and health programs, turned around failed programs, and participated in over 300 OSHA inspections at printing companies.

Mr. Rutherford retired as a Major after 25 years of service in the Air Force Reserve. His “second career” positions included Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Ground Safety Technician and Aircraft Structural Repair Specialist. Brian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Safety Management from the University of Central Missouri.

PIA MidAmerica Members only, if you need the download password, or are not a member and would like to purchase the webinar for $39, please contact or 800-788-2040.



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