Workplace homicides by gunfire, sometimes called “active shooter” incidents, have been an ongoing fact of life in the United States. Although it is true that the actual number of such incidents is relatively low, from 2006 until 2010 they averaged 551 per year in the U.S., more than 10 percent of all workplace fatalities. In addition to their moral obligation to provide employees with a safe workplace, U.S. employers of 10 or more people are required by OSHA to have a written emergency plan that addresses potential threats and hazards. Prudent managers are contracting with Countermeasure Consulting Group and similar firms to implement active shooter workplace violence prevention training and workplace violence mitigation procedures.
The training offered by Countermeasure Consulting consists of three phases: prevention, mitigation, and response-recovery. The training works with all elements of an organization, especially any security operation it may have. Unlike programs offered by many other groups, Countermeasure’s training does not include fighting techniques or law enforcement concepts; instead, it focuses on teaching unarmed personnel how to survive in a life-threatening situation.