Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2015 Vol. 62 No. 11

Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links

Workplace Violence
You have the right to a safe workplace. Whether it’s verbal abuse, bullying, intimidation, stalking or physical assault, around two million workers a year are affected by some type of workplace violence.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was passed to prevent workers from being killed or seriously harmed at work. The law requires employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. The Act created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which sets and enforces protective workplace safety and health standards. OSHA also provides information, training and assistance to workers and employers.

OSHA maintains a website that provides information on the extent of violence in the workplace, assessing the hazards in different settings and developing workplace violence prevention plans for individual worksites. It includes information on risk factors, prevention programs, training and other resources.

Texas State School Safety Center
The Texas School Safety Center serves schools and communities to create safe, secure, and healthy environments.

Over the past several decades, increasing attention and concern has been given to incidents of school violence and the prevention measures used by schools. Three of the most prominent violent incidents occurring in U.S. schools include weapon carrying/use, gang violence, and fighting/assault. Approximately 20 percent of high school students indicated gang activity within their school and 31 percent of high school students reported they had been in a fight within the past 12 months.

Research has shown that violence prevention efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and students can positively impact the school environment/climate (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007). Prevention efforts should aim to reduce the risks and perceptions of violence on the campus, while creating a safe and supportive learning environment. If such a climate is instilled, youth will experience environments that are ripe for successful human development and/or lifelong learning. In addition, reducing school violence and limiting the negative effects it has on students, parents, and staff, will enhance opportunities for academic success. As attention and concern surrounding school violence increases the need to create positive school environments free of violence is evident.

The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) is an official university-level research center at Texas State University, a member of the Texas State University System. The TxSSC is tasked in Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code with key school safety initiatives and mandates that include planning, training, and drilling, and in the Governor’s Homeland Security Strategic Plan. Toward this aim, the TxSSC serves as the central location for the dissemination of safety and security information, including research, training, and technical assistance for K-12 schools and junior colleges throughout the state of Texas. Specifically, the Center provides universal and regional services to students, educators, administrators, campus-based law enforcement, community organizations, state agencies, and colleges/universities in an effort to increase safety and security in Texas schools.

Save the Date:

Texas EMS Conference
November 22-25, 2015
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Dallas, Texas
650 S. Griffin Street, Dallas, Texas 75202
Conference Website
Online Registration

Ninth Annual EMAT Leadership Symposium
February 7-10, 2016
Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center
1001 E. McCarty Lane, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Emergency Management Association of Texas

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