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Workplace Violence Prevention and Response


Memorial Site
Food Safety and Inspection Service Compliance Officers who, along with Senior Special Investigator Bill Shaline, California Department of Food and Agriculture, lost their lives in the line of duty on June 21, 2000.


Safety for all FSIS employees is of paramount concern to the Agency. The FSIS Workplace Violence Prevention and Response Program provides guidance, training, reporting systems, and management of incidents related to workplace violence prevention and response. Workplace violence is any type of violence, threat, intimidation, assault, harassment, interference, or other disruptive behavior in the workplace. Workplace violence will not be tolerated in FSIS because it is harmful to employees, and it prevents us from fulfilling our mission. No one can predict when this type of behavior will occur, which makes it even more important to be aware of the warning signs.

A threat is any gesture or oral or written expression that conveys intent to cause physical harm to persons or property. Critical threats are the actual use or display of firearms or other weapons with intent to harm, physical hitting, pushing, emotional verbal threats, destroying property, and stalking. Developmental threats are verbal or written remarks, conversations involving talk of guns that are perceived as threatening, nonverbal threats, and menacing gestures.

Workplace Violence Prevention and Response Program Coordinator
Joe Anne Kennedy, Program Coordinator
Workplace Violence Prevention and Response Program 
Employee Safety, Health and Wellness Staff 
Office of Management, FSIS, USDA
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Room 2158 South Building
Washington, DC 20250-3700
Office Telephone: (202) 690-1999
Fax: (202) 690-1814
Email: Joeanne.Kennedy@fsis.usda.gov

24 Hour Pager Number: 1-877-987-3747 (1-877-WVP-FSIS)

For Incidents of Imminent Danger

  • Find a safe place
  • Call 911
  • Call OIG: 1-800-424-9192
  • Call Supervisor
  • Document on FSIS Form 4735-4
  • REPORT ALL INCIDENTS

The key to preventing workplace violence is to recognize the warning signs and involve the appropriate resources as soon as possible. Timely notification and documentation of potential problems is essential. Be familiar with Agency policy, directives, and contact information so that you can take the steps necessary for ensuring a safe workplace.

Workplace Violence Prevention Related Documents

Policy

Reports

 Have a Question? Contact a Team Member
Submit questions to the Workplace Violence Prevention and Response Program.

Additional Information Resources

  • Employee Assistance Program: 1-800-222-0364 or TTY 1-888-262-7848
  • TDD/TTY Employee Assistance Program: 1-800-697-0353
  • Mediation & Conflict Resolution Intake Line: 1-800-860-8347
  • Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or 911
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-784-2433
  • Civil Rights Division (EEO): 1-800-269-6912 (voice/TTY)

 

 

Short URL for this page: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wpv

Last Modified Sep 23, 2014