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Workplace Violence Prevention: It Starts With You

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Workplace Violence Prevention: It Starts With You

McGuinty Government Is Committed To Safe And Healthy Workplaces

Ontario is seeking input to determine if current protections against workplace violence under the Occupational Health and Safety Act should be enhanced or clarified.

A consultation paper has been released outlining the issues around workplace violence. Comments are being requested from labour and employer stakeholders, as well as from the general public.

Currently, the Ministry of Labour deals with issues of workplace violence that fall within the jurisdiction of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Ministry inspectors are trained to address complaints of workplace violence, and proactively check for procedures to address workplace violence where the risk of violence is higher due to the nature of the work.

The closing date for comments on this consultation is October 17, 2008.

Quick Facts

  • Violence against workers is most likely to arise from clients, customers, or other members of the public.
  • The risk of violence is higher in certain sectors, such as health care, social services, retail, hospitality, education, transportation, police, security agencies, and correctional services.
  • A number of work activities are associated with an increased risk of workplace violence, including: handling cash, protecting or securing valuables, transporting people and goods, a mobile workplace (such as a vehicle), public or community contact, working alone or with just a few people, or working late nights or very early mornings.
  • Read the Consultation Paper on Workplace Violence Prevention.


“We want Ontario workers to enjoy safe and healthy workplaces. At the same time, we must make sure that our occupational health and safety legislation protects them from workplace violence in a balanced way that reflects the realities of today’s workplaces.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Labour



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