Brought to you by ISU Public Safety and the ISU Safety Committee March, 2001
Workplace Violence Can Happen To You
Work should be a safe haven from violence. All threats and acts of aggressive behavior should be taken seriously and addressed immediately by your Supervisor and Public Safety. Such threats or acts include, but are not limited to:
- Harming or threatening to harm any employee or guest of the University.
- Damaging or threatening to damage University property or the property of any employee or guest of the University.
- Possessing and/or brandishing a weapon on University property without proper authority.
- Engaging in stalking behavior of any employee or guest of the University.
- Self-injurious behavior or threats of suicide.
Here are some reminders about personal security at work and as you travel to and from work:
- Commute in well-traveled and well-lighted routes and conveyances. Travel with others whenever possible. Avoid dark streets and nearly-empty buses or subway cars.
- Be alert. Whether you are walking, driving or riding on public transit, watch the people around you. Have escape routes in mind if you are confronted.
- Avoid dark and isolated parking areas. Look around before you step out of your vehicle. As you approach your vehicle, look around it, under it and in the back seat before you open the door.
- In your workplace, question the presence of strangers and former employees. If you see someone who shouldnít be there, tell your supervisor or security personnel.
- Trust your own instincts. If a customer, co-worker or fellow commuter gives you the creeps, get away.
- Avoid entering an elevator with just one other person, particularly if the person makes you uncomfortable. If you are riding an elevator and feel uneasy about other occupants, get off at the next floor.
- Do not enter your office or any other building if it looks like there has been a break-in. Instead, go to a telephone somewhere else and call ISU Public Safety at ext. 2515.
- Follow ISUís security procedures concerning lock-up, setting alarms, handling cash, confidentiality and other matters. These are not just for the protection of ISU property, they are also for your safety.
- Take advantage of any security and self-defense training provided by ISU, an employee organization or community group. It will make you more aware of potential dangers and give you tools to deal with them.
- Avoid confrontation. Learn to handle stress and disagreements in a reasonable manner. Heated arguments can sometimes escalate into physical violence. Stay out of other peopleís fights.
- Treat others fairly. Fired employees who assault former supervisors and co-workers typically carry grudges about real and imagined insults and injustices.
Public Safetyís Protection For Victims:
- Escorts by a uniformed officer to and from the victimís vehicle to workplace.
- Use of a cell phone for direct contact to 911 and Public Safety Dispatch.
- Alerting co-workers to the possibility of danger and what to do.
- Arranging office furniture and identifying escape routes.
Reporting Responsibility Guidelines
- Dial 911
- Notify Public Safety at ext. 2515
In the event of other threats:
- Inform a supervisor or other management personnel immediately!
- Supervisors notify Public Safety at ext. 2515 and Human Resources at ext. 2517.
- It helps to make note of what occurred in case you are called upon to remember events at a later date.
For more information on Workplace Violence, please contact ISU Public Safety at 282-2515, or visit our website.
10 Smart Routes To Bicycle Safety
- Protect Your Head. Wear A Helmet. Never ride a bicycle without a helmet. Select a helmet that fits snugly and sits flat on the head.
- Assure Bicycle Readiness. Make Sure Your Bicycle Is Adjusted Properly. Make sure you can stand over the top tube of your bicycle. Adjust your bicycle to fit you. Before using your bicycle check to make sure all parts are secure and working well.
- Stop it. Check Brakes Before Riding. Always control your speed by using your brakes. Always keep your brakes adjusted. Ride slowly in wet weather and apply brakes earlier.
- See And Be Seen. Wear clothes that make you more visible. Always wear neon, flourescent or other bright colors.
- Avoid Biking At Night. It is far more dangerous to bike at night than during the day. If you must bike at night, you should do the following:
- Ride with reflectors that meet the Consumer Product Safety Commission requirements.
- Add the brightest lights you can find to the front and rear of your bike.
- Wear retro-reflective clothing or material, not just neon.
- Only ride in areas familiar to you.
- Stay Alert. Always Keep A Lookout For Obstacles In Your Path. Stay alert at all times. Watch out for potholes, cracks, railroad tracks, wet leaves, etc. Before going around any object, scan ahead and behind you for a gap in traffic.
- Go With The Flow. The Safe Way Is The Right Way. Ride on the right side in a straight, predictable path. Always go single file, in the same direction as other vehicles.
- Check For Traffic. Always Be Aware Of The Traffic Around You. Before you enter any street or intersection check for traffic. Always look left-right-left. If already in the street, always look behind you for a break in traffic, then signal.
- Learn Rules Of The Road. Obey Traffic Laws. Bicycles are considered vehicles. Bicyclists must obey the same rules as motorists. Read your state driverís handbook, and learn and follow all the traffic signs, laws and rules of the road.
- Donít Flip Over Your Bicycle. Wheels Should Be Securely Fastened. If your bicycle has quick release wheels, it is your responsibility to make sure they are firmly closed at all times and to use the safety retainer if there is one. Check your wheels before every ride, after any fall, or after transporting your bicycle.
ISU Public Safety has on-line bicycle registration.