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Creating a Safe Workplace: Strategies for Addressing Violence and Harassment

Workplace violence and harassment are serious issues that extend far beyond physical assaults. They encompass any act where a person is abused, threatened, intimidated, or assaulted in their employment. This can include: Discover practical solutions to prevent workplace violence and harassment. Learn essential tips for creating a safer work environment.

  • Threatening behavior: Shaking fists, destroying property, or throwing objects.

  • Verbal or written threats: Expressions of an intent to inflict harm.

  • Verbal abuse: Swearing, insults, or condescending language.

  • Physical attacks: Hitting, shoving, pushing, or kicking.

Workplace Harassment

Harassment, which can include bullying, is behavior that demeans, embarrasses, humiliates, annoys, alarms, or verbally abuses a person and is known or expected to be unwelcome. This includes gestures, intimidation, bullying, or other inappropriate activities.

Workplace violence or harassment is not limited to incidents that occur within a traditional workplace. Work-related incidents can occur at off-site business-related functions (conferences, trade shows), at social events related to work, in clients' homes, or away from work but resulting from work (a threatening telephone call to your home from a client).

Ensure your workplace is safe and compliant with Canadian OHS regulations by enrolling in our "Workplace Violence Awareness and Prevention (General Industry)" and "Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention" courses.

Practical Solutions for Management Professionals

1. Develop a Comprehensive Workplace Violence and Harassment Policy

The first step in addressing workplace violence and harassment is to create a comprehensive policy. This policy should clearly define what constitutes workplace violence and harassment, provide examples, and outline procedures for reporting and responding to incidents.

2. Provide Regular Training and Education

Ensuring that all employees understand what constitutes workplace violence and harassment and how to prevent it is crucial. Regular training and education help build this understanding.

3. Establish Clear Reporting Mechanisms

Creating multiple channels for reporting incidents is critical. This can include a dedicated hotline, email address, or anonymous reporting tool.

4. Promote a Positive Workplace Culture

Encouraging open communication, respect, and inclusion can significantly reduce incidents of workplace violence and harassment. Promoting a positive workplace culture is not just about preventing violence and harassment but also about fostering a supportive and inclusive environment.

5. Conduct Regular Risk Assessments

Regularly assessing risks can help identify potential hazards and implement control measures to mitigate them. Using tools provided by On-Track Safety, companies can effectively assess and manage these risks, ensuring a safer workplace for all employees.

6. Provide Support for Affected Employees

Offering support services such as counseling, employee assistance programs, and resources for those affected by workplace violence and harassment is crucial. Providing these services helps affected employees recover and feel supported and valued in the workplace.

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