There was a time when someone talked about body armor the police and military came to mind since they were the only ones that had the need for Body Armor in their work environment. In today’s world workplace violence has escalated from a couple of disgruntled employees getting into a shoving match and yelling at each other than ending with a hand shake and an apology, to a simple difference of opinion from the way a job should be done, a promotion or reprimand unjustly felt or which political candidate would make the best leader can quickly escalate to one of them retrieving a firearm and shooting their fellow employees and supervisors. I will not try to explain in this article why people have lost the ability to settle their differences without the use of deadly force, the unfortunate truth is that life has little to no value in the minds of these people and the only solution to solving that problem or difference of opinion is the to use deadly force.
The average weight of a standard NIJ 3A Bullet Resistant Vest is eight pounds and cost between $800 to $1200, these factors make the traditional Bullet Resistant vest worn by our Police and Military not a practical option for the average office worker. Not only could they not afford the vest, the weight and flexibility restrictions would not allow most people to function in the work place.
Companies have acknowledged the fact that these incidents are happening more frequently which has changed the way companies educate their employees on workplace violence. Ask anyone who has worked at the same company for over 5 years and they will tell you that the training has changed significantly from the time they started years ago. In the days of law suits and lack of individual accountability companies are doing everything they can to educate their employees on identifying potential threats from the employee in the cubicle next to you to the visitors that come into your office. While all this in service training is a good start, and makes everyone feel safer because they are talking about a subject most people do not want to think or talk about. We have to ask the question is all this training enough to actually protect someone from a person shooting at them. Of course some training is better than no training. The one common factor which determines how many people will be trained and how long a training curriculum will be is the cost of this training. Every company, Police Department, even the Military have limited resources for all the training needed to perform their duties at work, and workplace violence is only one topic companies must train their employees on.
So what can be done to better protect the person that finds themselves in an active shooter situation? Body Armor for everyone. The light weight Concealment Vest designed to give the user level 3A protection but at a weight of only 43 ounces and an individual cost of $595.00. Magnum Anti- Ballistic Systems incorporated their light weight 20 ounce 3A panel into a sleek vest carrier. Designed to fit into a briefcase, backpack, or a desk drawer. These Bullet Resistant Vest are a one size fits all and can be put on in 5 seconds. With these Concealment Vest people can have the same protection as a standard police vest while executing their companies active shooter procedures. When I am asked is this really necessary to have to bring or have available in the work place a Bullet Resistant Vest my answer is yes. Like the sprinkler systems in office buildings to the mandates of AED (Automated External Defibrillators) the Concealment Vest is another safety product we hope you will never need.
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