Workplace Violence Prevention
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) recognizes that workplace violence is a global problem. As a result, the ODRC has implemented the Prevention, Identification, and Response to Workplace Violence Policy, 31-SEM-08. The purpose of this policy is to promote a safe work environment through the prevention of workplace violence by outlining steps to respond to incidents of workplace violence, identifying ways to support victims of workplace violence, and informing all employees that the ODRC has “zero tolerance” for violence in the workplace.
Workplace Violence is recognized by the ODRC if the following criteria are met:
1. All threats or acts of violence occurring on State property, regardless of the relationship between the State and the individual involved in the incident;
2. All threats or acts of violence not occurring on State property, but involving someone who is acting in his/her official capacity as a representative of DRC;
3. All threats or acts of violence not occurring on State property, but involving an employee or independent contractor of DRC at the time, if the threats or acts of violence affect the legitimate interests of the State;
4. Any threat or act of violence resulting in the criminal conviction of an employee or agent of DRC, or an individual performing services on the Department’s behalf on a contractual or temporary basis under any criminal code provision relating to threats or acts of violence that adversely affects the legitimate interests of the State.
Threats or acts of violence is defined as conduct against persons or property that is sufficiently severe, offensive, or intimidating to alter the conditions of State employment, or to create a hostile, abusive, or intimidating work environment for one or more DRC