Workplace Violence Compliance Centre
All Canadian employers are required to protect workers from the risk of workplace violence and harassment, which can be more challenging than protecting them from traditional safety hazards, such as falls, dangerous chemicals and pinchpoints. You’ll need to ensure that your company conducts an assessment to determine if there’s a risk of violence in the workplace. If there is a risk, you’ll need to take steps to protect workers, particularly those who work alone. And if workers complain of violence or harassment, you’ll need to properly investigate those complaints.
Guidance and Insight
Violence can erupt in a workplace for various reasons. A pair of recent tragedies in the US illustrate two types of workplace violence threats.
If employees are aware of the warning signs of violence, they may be able to diffuse the situation before violence occurs or take other appropriate steps.
In a recent poll, nearly 34% said that worker-on-worker violence was the type of violence they were most concerned about in their workplace.
If a workplace violence incident occurs, call 911 as soon as possible, notify others in your work area and follow these dos and don’ts.
To assess the risk of workplace violence by an employee, the FBI suggests that the following questions be asked to anyone familiar with his behaviour.
Adapt this handout and give it to workers as part of a safety talk to educate them on workplace bullying, harassment and violence.
Use this checklist to develop a program for preventing and addressing domestic violence in your workplace.
Adapt this model program to ensure that you provide a safe work environment for workers and protect them from workplace violence.