CCH WEAPONS Policy
POLICY: Campbell County Health strives to maintain a working environment free
from violence and intimidation. All weapons are prohibited in all CCH
facilities and on all CCH owned or leased property. (The only exception
is for authorized law enforcement officers.).
PURPOSE: To provide a safe and weapon-free environment for all persons associated
with CCH and its owned or leased properties.
DEFINITIONS: It is important to note that anything can be used as a weapon,
but for the purposes of this policy, weapons are defined as any implement
or tool whose primary function is to cause bodily harm to persons against
whom it is used. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Chemical agents (CapStun, Oleoresin Capsicum, Mace)
- Edged weapons (Swords, Knives)
- Generally pocket knives and multi-tools are not considered weapons; however,
extreme caution should be taken in their presence. Any edged weapon with
a blade length of over 4 inches will be considered a weapon and will be
stored in the safe.
- Striking implements (Batons, Clubs)
- Missile throwing objects (slingshots, bow/arrows)
- Incendiary devices
- Any other object deemed to be inherently dangerous to CCH patients, staff,
visitors, contractors, or vendors.
- Appropriate signage will be posted at the main entrances to all CCH owned
or leased properties describing the premises as weapon-free.
- If a situation is deemed an emergency, call 911. Law enforcement will assess
the situation and take steps as appropriate to secure the scene. Law enforcement
officer's weapons may be secured in the Emergency Department lockbox
at the discretion of the officer. For responses to the locked inpatient
mental health unit, law enforcement will assess the situation and if deemed
appropriate, remove their weapons secure them in a lock box outside the
WEAPONS IN THE HOSPITAL If a weapon is brought into the hospital or found by staff in the process
of providing medical treatment, it must be secured in the ER or BHS weapons
safe. If the weapon is a firearm Security/Plant Ops will be called, who
will then contact law enforcement. Security personnel will ask the bearer
of the weapon to accompany them to the area in which the weapon is to
be stored. If the weapon is a firearm it will be cleared of any ammunition
and magazines by law enforcement personnel. Firearms, ammunition and magazines
will be stored in separate envelopes. All other weapons may be stored
in the same envelope, except explosives or incendiary devices, which will
be confiscated by law enforcement. The property to be stored will be documented
and the owner will sign his property into the lock box. The receiving
party will sign, and a witness (Security) will also sign. When the property
owner is leaving the facility, his/her property will be signed out, witnessed,
and they will be escorted to their vehicle, other mode of transportation,
or off the property by security staff.
WEAPONS IN OFFSITE LOCATIONS If a weapon is brought into a CCH clinic, offsite department or long term
care facility and found by staff in the process of providing medical care,
staff will notify the bearer of the weapon about the CCH weapon-free facility
designation and ask them to remove the weapon from the premises immediately
and secure it in their vehicle.
NON-COMPLIANT PARTIES: When an individual refuses to follow policy they will be asked to leave
the property immediately. Security and law enforcement will be contacted
if any aggression is shown.
- Complaints of violence, assault, threats and intimidation will be treated
seriously and will be promptly investigated with reasonable steps to protect
the safety and confidentiality of all persons involved. Individuals who,
in good faith, report these incidents or present evidence in an investigation
are protected from any retaliatory actions or any negative administrative
action. Staff members should report incidents to their manager who will
contact the Human Resources Department. Law enforcement will be contacted
- This policy shall not interfere with policies concerning evidence of a
crime, or other policies set forth by individual departments.