LAKE FOREST, CA — September 9, 2011 — The National Institute for Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc. announced that it has released a new version of The NIX Model for Managing Violence Prevention. The NIX Model is a standard for addressing violence prevention that was first published in the last 90’s. The new model has been updated to reflect new emerging approaches to workplace violence prevention coupled with `tried and true’ methodologies and the emerging new approach by OSHA. The new motto that OSHA is adapting is `Plan, Prevent and Protect’ and they are focusing on businesses creating Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPP) to proactively address known hazards to protect their employees. The National Institute for Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc. has been at the forefront of focusing on workplace violence prevention since it was founded in 1996 and businesses rely on it to provide insightful and cutting edge solutions.
W. Barry Nixon, Founder and Executive Director of the National Institute for Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc. stated ” With OSHA starting to move in a new direction we thought the time was right to release our first revision to the NIX Model for Managing Violence Prevention because our approaches are closely aligned” Nixon added that “It is no coincident that our approach to violence prevention closely maps to the OSHA’s emerging approach since OSHA is borrowing heavily from the leading edge approach that California has implemented with Injury and Illness Prevention Programs and our organization served as the Workplace Violence Prevention Consultant to the State of California when the IIPP programs were launched.”
The NIX Model for Managing Violence Prevention encompasses seven steps to effectively manage efforts to prevention workplace violence. These steps include the following:
1. Developing a comprehensive plan to implement a workplace violence prevention program that a senior member of management is charged with responsibility to implement.
2. Identifying your organizations risks and vulnerabilities.
3. Program development driven by a multiple function team that typically involves Security, Human Resources, Safety, Occupational Health, Legal and Operations, at minimum.
4. Implementation of effective Security policies, procedures and processes focused on prevention of violence and rapid response by law enforcement.
5. Implementation of effective Human Resources policies, procedures and processes that include well thought out threat management approaches.
6. Implementation of an effective crisis management and response plan that integrates with the organizations’ greater business continuity and resiliency plan.
7. Focus on developing a workplace environment and culture that fosters respectful treatment of employees, customers, visitors and contractors in all transactions.
The National Institute for Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc. is one of the premier consulting and training firms specializing in helping public and private organizations address the troubling issue of workplace violence. W. Barry Nixon is a recognized worldwide expert on workplace violence. He served on the Workplace Violence Task Force that created the Workplace Violence Guidelines for the prestigious association, ASIS International, which is the largest security association for security professionals in the world and currently is servicing on the Joint Task Force between ASIS International and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) focused on developing the first standard on workplace violence prevention. Mr. Nixon is also an active member of the Crisis Management and Business Continuity Council of ASIS International. In addition, in 2009 he was named one of the most influential people in security by Security Magazine and in 2010 was named to the prestigious Employee Health, Safety and Security Special Expertise Panel by the Society for Human Resource Management on which he currently serves.
Mr. Nixon will publicly discuss the new NIX Model for Managing Workplace Violence for the first time in a complimentary webinar sponsored by the Alliance Against Workplace Violence on September 13, 2011 that will air from 2:00-3:00 Easter Daylight Savings Time on the Peaceatwork network.
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