New Workplace Violence Prevention Tools For Employers
McGuinty Government Committed To Protecting Workers
Ontario employers have new resource tools to help prevent violence and address harassment in the workplace.
New requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act come into effect on June 15, 2010. The workplace violence tool kit and accompanying guide will assist employers in complying with these new requirements by helping them to:
- Develop workplace violence and harassment policies and programs;
- Assess risks of workplace violence including situations involving handling of cash, dealing with potentially violent clients, working alone, working in high-crime areas, protecting valuable goods and transporting people or goods; and
- Identify possible ways to control those risks.
There will also be information on how to deal with domestic violence in the workplace, including how to develop a safety plan.
- A 2004 Statistics Canada survey, Criminal Victimization in the Workplace, found 17 per cent of violent incidents in Canada occur at the workplace.
“These materials will give Ontario employers useful tools to help combat violence in the workplace. Our government is committed to protecting workers and ensuring their right to a safe and healthy workplace.”