ASIS International and Society for Human Resource Management Announce Joint Development of Workplace Violence and Prevention and Intervention American National Standard

Mar 4, 2009

Alexandria, Va. –ASIS International and Society for Human Resource Management, both American National Standards Institute accredited Standards Development Organizations, will collaborate on the development of a joint Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention American National Standard.The standard is based on the ASIS Workplace Violence Prevention and Response Guideline published in 2005. ASIS International is the pre-eminent organization for security professionals worldwide; SHRM is the world’s largest professional association devoted to human resource management.

Workplace violence, in its many forms, presents one of the most challenging security and personnel safety problems that an organization can face. The intent of this standard is to provide information and practical methods that will enable an organization to develop an effective and informed approach to prevention and intervention.

The Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention standard will provide an overview of general policies, processes and protocols that organizations can adopt to help prevent threatening behavior and violence affecting the workplace.It will also help organizations respond to and resolve security incidents involving threats and episodes of violence.

The standard will present practical definitions of workplace violence that will include a continuum of problematic behavior, and will classify incidents based on the relationship between a perpetrator and a victim.It will also outline security prevention and intervention strategies as well as procedures for detecting, investigating, managing and addressing threatening behavior or violent episodes that occur in a workplace.

“The ASIS Commission on Standards and Guidelines is excited about this partnership. The fundamental change of guidelines to standards and taking leadership in this area are of significant value to ASIS members” Mark Geraci, CPP, chairman of the ASIS Commission on Standards and Guidelines.

“SHRM sees standards development and application as key attributes of a professional society,” said Lee Webster, SPHR, director of HR Standards for SHRM. “We look forward to developing this standard with ASIS and leveraging our mutual expertise to improve the safety and productivity of workplaces in all sectors.”

Stakeholders will include:security personnel, human resources, legal counsel, business owners and executive-level managers, occupational safety and health personnel, union leaders, employee assistance programs, law enforcement, clinicians and service providers in the mental health field, insurers and practitioners who specialize in threat management and violence prevention, public relations/corporate communications, and risk management and crisis management professionals.

ASIS and SHRM will establish a technical committee comprised of users/managers, producer/service providers and other interested parties to develop the WVPI Standard.The ASIS standards operating procedures will be used in the development of this standard. For more information, write to

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ASIS International is the preeminent organization for security professionals, with more than 37,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics.ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public.By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industry’s No. 1 magazine—Security Management—ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM online at


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