The Behavior Risk Management (BRM) Protocol is an attempt to respond with a planned comprehensive approach to the continuum of behaviors that could lead to hostility and violence in the workplace. Although it is difficult to "predict" violent or hostile behavior, there are methods to determine the risk components of a situation. BRM takes a clinical as well as consultative approach. To get more specific information, call 319-384-2955.
- Individual: Initial violence risk screening. Employee may be referred for additional violence risk assessment. This assessment is coordinated by the Threat Assessment Team. Participation does not excuse the employee from disciplinary action if appropriate.
- Workplace: Behavioral risk viewed as part of a system. It is essential to understand the workplace dynamics and culture to view the individual and his/her behavior within this context. Prior to an individual evaluation, consultation with management, to gain a clear understanding of the behavior problems of the individual within the context of the work culture, is essential.
The purpose is to ensure a safe and civil workplace for all UI employees by addressing any related individual or environmental issues that may contribute to hostility, violence or physical danger on the job.
Continuum of Behavior
Normal personal or professional disagreements that do not harm the integrity of the relationship.
Offensive jokes, graffiti, off-color language, gestures, unusual silence or angry outbursts, blaming.
Performance management training or HR consultation.
Odd or bizarre behavior; reports of "fear" from staff, but no specific threat.
- Hostility/Safety Risk
Harassment and discrimination, verbal, physical, and written threats; stalking; on the job intoxication or impairment.
Contact the Threat Assessment Team to determine next steps.
Physical contact with the intent to do harm to a person or property.
Call 911; then contact the Threat Assessment Team