Plan for Maintaining Security in the Library
- The FFPLTC Staff will conduct a worksite assessment as often as necessary, but no less than quarterly to ensure measures for violence prevention are effective. The assessment will:
- Identify jobs or locations with the greatest risk
- Identify high risk factors
- Include a physical workplace security audit
- Evaluate the effectiveness of existing security measures
- The CEO, or Designate, will annually review the history of past incidents to identify patterns or trends.
High Risk Areas
Recognized areas of higher risk in the FFPLTC include:
- contact with the public
- working alone or in small numbers
- any area where money is kept
- closing the FFPLTC at night
- secondary entrances to the FFPLTC
Measures for Reducing the Risk
- designate the CEO’s Office and FFPLTC Staff Room (rooms with a phone and doors that lock) as emergency safe rooms
- keep all secondary entrance doors locked
- keep in good working order the exterior lights around the building
- FFPLTC Staff will not work alone in the FFPLTC without prior consent of the CEO
Recognize the Signs of Violence
Early identification and prevention of violence in the workplace is encouraged. Potential threats of violence that should be reported could include the following:
- threatening statements to do harm to self or others
- reference to other incidents of violence
- confrontational behaviour
- major changes in personality, mood or behaviour
- substance abuse
Steps to Increase Your Personal Safety
- Notice your surroundings and report any unsafe or dangerous situation to the most senior FFPLTC Staff member.
- If you feel uncomfortable about a person who has entered the FFPLTC, trust your instincts. If you feel threatened, make a scene - YELL!
- Use a buddy system when leaving work.
- If you ever find you are working alone in the FFPLTC, let the CEO, or someone at home, know the situation and tell him or her when you expect to leave.
- If you enter a bathroom and suspect it is unsafe, don’t call out. Back out, go to a safe, lockable place with phone and call for help.
- Know the nearest exit or room with a lock.
Domestic Violence - Steps to Increase Your Personal Safety
- Tell someone at work about your situation.
- Make up a “code word” for co-workers so they know when to call for help.
- Ask your co-workers to screen your calls and visitors.
- Ask a co-worker to call the police if your abuser is bothering you.
- Do not argue with a threatening person. Identify yourself as a FFPLTC Staff member. Remain calm and keep your voice low and firm.
- Do not put yourself or others in danger. Keep a distance of four feet.
- Be friendly but firm: introduce yourself, look at the person while you talk to him or her, let the person talk, clarify the problem and offer solutions.
- Get assistance from another FFPLTC Staff member.
- Advise him or her that the police will be called if the abuse does not stop.
- If the behaviour doesn’t change call the police.
- Notify the CEO or Designate.
Violence and Assault
- If you hear raised voices or sounds of a scuffle investigate.
- If you witness violence or an assault call the police and describe the situation.
- Recruit other FFPLTC Staff to move others out of the way to a safer location.
- Do not block exits to prevent a threatening or violent person from leaving the building.
- Do not invade the personal space of the threatening person.
- Do not get between two people fighting.
- Notice details so you can describe the situation to the police.
- Notify the CEO.
How to Report
- An informal, verbal complaint may be brought forward to the CEO.
- A written report should be made as soon as possible after an action or behaviour occurred, to the CEO or Designate.
- If a formal complaint is requested, the employee must file a written report with the CEO.
- The report should include a brief statement of the incident, when it occurred, where it occurred, date and time it occurred, the person(s) involved and the names of any witnesses if any.
Investigation and Dealing with Incidents or Complaints
- After receiving a report, the CEO or Designate will complete an investigation as quickly as possible. Depending on the nature and severity of the issue the police may be involved. This will include interviews with the employee, the alleged perpetrator, FFPLTC Staff member(s), and any witnesses.
- The results of the investigation will be discussed with the employee and recommended preventative actions and / or resolutions presented.
- A separate meeting will be held with the alleged perpetrator, if a FFPLTC Staff member.
- If the findings do not support the allegations the CEO will recommend that no further action is necessary and that the matter be closed.
- Should the investigation conclude that there is evidence of misconduct, the CEO will prescribe a resolution.
- Employees who are found to have made false or malicious complaints will be subject to disciplinary action.