ASIS International declared it will develop an Active Assailant Supplement that will aid facility managers in addition to its already existing ANSI/ASIS/SHRM Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention Standard (WPVI).
This brings to the table an additional standard FMs will in place for practical methods to develop an operative approach to prevention, intervention and response to an active assailant.
While the original WPVI standard highlighted prevention and intervention tactics, the supplement addresses on-site response specific to an active assailant or shooter event.
“Workplace violence is one of the most significant security and personal safety challenges facing organizations today,” says Gene Ferraro, CPP, PCI, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, chair of the standard technical committee and chief executive, Forensic Pathways, Inc. “Of the many facets of workplace violence, active assailant is the most concerning, because it is the deadliest. Globally, in both the public and private sector, security professionals are searching for solutions. This standard will provide much-needed direction and guidance.”
The supplement will include security design considerations, protocols, and response strategies, as well as measures for detection, assessing vulnerabilities, and managing and neutralizing immediately life-threatening behavior committed by an active assailant.