Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue is committed to ensuring as far as reasonably practicable, a safe environment that is free from aggression and acts of intimidation and violence.
Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue operates a zero tolerance policy. Violent or aggressive behaviour of any type towards members of staff, volunteers or other members of the public will not be tolerated.
This includes but is not limited to any physical assault, threatening behaviour or verbal abusive remarks that are made towards an employee or volunteer, including but not limited to:
Verbal Abuse: any verbal abuse issued with the intent of creating fear or intimidation to another individual, or group of individuals, or verbal remarks or comments expressed in a loud, harsh or threatening tone of voice.
Physical Abuse: any intentional movement of the body which may include touching, gesturing, pushing, striking, stalking, any unwanted intrusion of "reasonable space" of an employee or volunteer or any intentional use of any object towards an individual.
Creating a Hostile Environment: any intentional non-physical action that can be considered intimidating or harassing with the intent of creating an environment that has a purpose or affect of unreasonably interfering with an or volunteer carrying out their duties.
Abuse of Property and Resources: any intentional act which results in the damaging of property, building, furniture or infrastructure. Individuals identified as being responsible for losses or breakages will be charged for these items and any further costs ariasing from reinstatement, repair and /or replacement.
Any incidents will be reported to the Health and Safety Officer or any Honorary Officer of the Synagogue fully investigated and may result in you being asked to leave the premises or being excluded from events in future.
Any Synagogue employee or volunteer who is the subject of, or a witness to, a suspected violation of this standard should report the violation to a supervisor, manager or person in authority who is not involved in the conduct. Any incidents may result in the individual being asked to leave the premises. The incident will be fully investigated and may result in action against the individual such as being excluded from future events.
An employee or volunteer will endeavour to remove him/herself from any situation that may result in violence/abuse. This means that if confronted with a potential situation they must make a serious attempt to retreat from the situation and report the event to management.
Any manager, or person in authority who receives a report of a suspected violation of this standard shall document the incident, and notify the Chairman.
Any emergency, perceived emergency, or suspected criminal conduct shall be immediately reported to the police.