Workplace Violence- Active Shooter Training for the Dental Office

Is your Dental Practice prepared for an active shooter scenario? We are all reeling from the events of the past week in San Bernadino, California. No matter how it is labeled and putting politics aside, the one question that nags in most people’s minds is, “What if it happens to me?”

No matter the classification of the act, the violence happened in the workplace and we need to address this point today. We must process these actions and prepare ourselves as best we can.

It appears workforce violence is increasing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), of the 4,679 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in the United States in 2014, 403 were workplace homicides. That means nearly 10% of all fatal injuries end up being homicides. If you are a woman, you are statistically 3 times more likely to die in workplace violence than me

We are not known to be fear mongers and we don’t appreciate those who are, however, we all can see that workplace violence is a serious issue in America. We don’t advocate living in fear, but you know we do advocate having a plan.

If you have a plan and you train your plan, you can feel confident in your ability to address an incident of workplace violence should it happen in your office.

Free Active Shooter Training and Manual

That being said, we have found a really good training video produced here in Texas in conjunction with Homeland Security. And our fearless leader, Duane Tinker has written a manual for training and preparing for an active shooter scenario. Duane’s law enforcement background and his experience in Dental Offices contribute to this great little manual. The video and the manual go hand in hand and would be a great training tool to use at your next morning huddle or team meeting.

We are offering this training and manual for free in Compliance Hub. If you are a member, simply: Log in to Compliance Hub to access the Training. Once you are logged in- Click on Compliance Training at the top! You will see the link to the Active Shooter Training on the page below our Child Abuse Prevention Training. You will have access to the video and training manual.

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A former Law Enforcement Officer/ Dental Board investigator Mr. Duane Tinker is the CEO of Dental Compliance Specialists. Mr. Tinker and his compliance specialists provide compliance consulting, auditing and training services for dentists and Dental Service Organizations nationwide on compliance risks including OSHA, HIPAA, Dental Board rules/ regulations, state radiology rules, DEA and state drug regulations, and Medicaid. He often speaks for dental societies and study clubs. Mr. Tinker can be reached at (817) 755-0035 or click here to email.