Workplace Violence Prevention

Nanticoke Senior Center is committed to preventing workplace violence and to maintaining a safe environment on their premises. To be proactive towards reducing risk of injury or death associated with use of weapons, Nanticoke Senior Center has adopted the following guidelines to deal with intimidation, harassment, or other threats of (or actual) violence that may occur during business hours or at any time on the premises or at any center sponsored activities.

All employees, including supervisors and temporary employees, as well as members of the Nanticoke Senior Center should be treated with courtesy and respect at all times. Employees/members are expected to refrain from fighting, "horseplay," or other conduct that may be dangerous to others. Firearms (with or without a concealed weapon permit), weapons, and other dangerous or hazardous devices or substances are prohibited from the premises of Nanticoke Senior Center without proper authorization (signed and in writing from the Board of Directors). Premises includes, but is not limited to, buildings and grounds, parking lots, personal cars, senior center event locations, and vehicles owned, rented, or leased by the senior center. Any person that has a question as to whether an instrument, article, or substance is considered a weapon or dangerous instrument should ask for clarification from the Director of Operations prior to bringing the item on Nanticoke Senior Center property.

Conduct that threatens, intimidates, or coerces another employee, a customer, or a member of the center, or a member of the public at any time, including off-duty periods, will not be tolerated. This prohibition includes all acts of harassment, including harassment that is based on an individual's sex, sexual orientation, race, age, or any characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

All threats of (or actual) violence, both direct and indirect, should be reported as soon as possible to your immediate supervisor or any other member of management. If you are not an employee, you should report incidents to the Director of Operations. This includes threats by employees, as well as threats by customers, vendors, solicitors, members of the center, or other members of the public. When reporting a threat of violence, you should be as specific and detailed as possible.

All suspicious individuals or activities should also be reported as soon as possible to a supervisor or the Director of Operations. Do not place yourself in peril. If you see or hear a commotion or disturbance nearby, do not try to intercede or see what is happening.

Nanticoke Senior Center will promptly and thoroughly investigate all reports of threats of (or actual) violence and of suspicious individuals or activities. The identity of the individual making a report will be protected as much as is practical. In order to maintain everyone’s safety and the integrity of its investigation, Nanticoke Senior Center may suspend employees or members pending investigation.

Anyone determined to be responsible for threats of (or actual) violence or other conduct that is in violation of these guidelines will be subject to prompt disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment and/or termination of membership.

Nanticoke Senior Center encourages employees to bring their disputes or differences with other employees or members to the attention of their supervisors or to the Director of Operations before the situation escalates into potential violence. Nanticoke Senior Center is eager to assist in the resolution of employee or member disputes, and will not discipline employees or members for raising such concerns unless the person making the report has also played a role in causing the dispute or disruption.

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