Our association has a large onsite staff. A police officer attended our
staff meeting because of recent security incidents affecting our
He said we should issue pepper spray to them for their safety.
concerned about liability.
While it's appropriate to be concerned about liability, it
should not outweigh the safety of your employees. If there is a
foreseeable risk of harm to your staff and the association does nothing,
you could have a bigger liability problem if an employee is attacked and injured.
If you issue pepper spray to employees, make sure you get the right
Do not get tear gas. Unless you know what to purchase, you should buy
from a California
store rather than the internet since different states have different
laws. A California store will carry the proper type of pepper spray.
Also, don't buy the key chain size; get something larger.
. To protect against potential liability, get your
to use it. Like any
weapon, the first step is education and training. You should have a
written policy and instruct your employees that pepper spray is only for
self-defense, not for apprehending criminals (or subduing
unruly board members).
Keep the product locked up when not in use to keep it out of the reach
children and unauthorized adults. You should keep a log where employees
check the product in and out with each shift. Otherwise, it may
Talk to legal counsel and a security consultant to see if other measures
can be taken to protect employees without issuing pepper spray.
If you need the product, they can assist with guidelines and proper training.
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