Violence-free Workplace

WHEREAS: the goal of the State of Louisiana is to have all the officers and employees in state government work in a violence-free workplace;

WHEREAS: a peaceful and secure work environment facilitates productivity and job performance;

WHEREAS: the occurrence of violence, aggressive acts, and verbal or nonverbal threatening behavior and harassment in the workplace has a negative impact on the officers and employees of state government and the public they serve; and

WHEREAS: developing and maintaining a violence-free workplace requires both the commitment of management and the involvement of the officers and employees of state government working to achieve the same goal;

NOW THEREFORE I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested through the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 1: The goal of the State of Louisiana is to achieve and maintain a violence-free workplace.

SECTION 2: The Commissioner of Administration (hereafter "commissioner") shall develop and promulgate guidelines and a model plan for a violence-free workplace by April 1, 1997. The guidelines and a model plan shall provide practical information on the prevention of workplace violence and on the mitigation of its ill effects, specifically including information on the following:

  • A. prohibiting acts or threats of violence, by or against state officers and employees, at all work sites and whenever official state business is being conducted;

  • B. minimizing the chance of exposure of state officers and employees to violent, threatening, or harassing situations by implementing effective security measures and administrative procedures and practices;

  • C. analyzing each state work site from the perspective of preventing the occurrence and minimizing the effects of any violent, threatening, and harassing situations; and

  • D. educating state officers and employees to increase their awareness about security, health, and safety concerns and training them how to properly respond in the event that a violent, threatening, or harassing situation occurs.
  • SECTION 3: By January 1, 1998, each state agency shall implement a plan to maintain a violence-free workplace. Each agency's plan shall incorporate the guidelines and model plan promulgated by the commissioner, tailoring them to the specific needs of the agency. Each agency shall also provide seminar(s) for its officers and employees to educate and train them regarding the prevention of workplace violence. The commissioner shall monitor the implementation of each agency's plan, and shall report his findings and conclusions to the Governor by March 15, 1998.

    SECTION 4: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the commissioner in implementing the provisions of this Order.

    SECTION 5: This Order is effective upon signature of the Governor and shall continue in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the Governor, or terminated by operation of law.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the Great Seal of the State of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 5th Day of March, 1997.

    M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.

    Fox McKeithen
    Secretary of State