THE LAW - OHSA PART III.0.1 VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT
Harassment and violence are defined as workplace hazards. Employers must develop policies and programs that address hostility in the workplace as required under the OHSA.
Whenever the OHSA states “shall” it is read as “MUST”.
- define workplace harassment and violence in all forms, including domestic and sexual violence
- prepare a written policy with respect to workplace violence
- prepare a written policy with respect to workplace harassment
- post violence and harassment policies in a conspicuous place in the workplace
- review the policies as often as necessary, but at least annually to ensure that the policies continue to protect workers from workplace violence
- assess the risks of workplace violence that may arise from the nature of the workplace, the type of work or the conditions of work
- develop and maintain a program to implement the policies with respect to workplace violence
- investigate incidents of violence and harassment and take corrective action
- develop violence and harassment preventive action plans
- advise workers of treatment options if harmed by violence or harassment
Workplace HarassmentWorkplace harassment is defined as a single or repeated incident of offensive or unwelcome conduct, comment, bullying or action intended to intimidate, offend, degrade or humiliate a particular person or group. Harassment can easily accelerate into violence if not addressed early.
Violence, whether at a worksite or work-related, is defined as the threatened, attempted or actual conduct of a person that causes or is likely to cause physical or psychological injury or harm. Workplace violence can take the following forms:
Domestic ViolenceDomestic violence becomes a workplace hazard when it occurs or spills over into the workplace. It may put the targeted worker at risk and may pose a threat to coworkers.
Sexual HarassmentSexual harassment as a workplace hazard refers to inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature, such as repeated sexual advances or offensive remarks, that occur in a workplace.
BullyingBullying is a form of aggressive, harassing behavior characterized by the following three minimum criteria: (1) hostile intent, (2) imbalance of power, and (3) repetition over a period of time. It is a repeated, aggressive behaviour intended to hurt another individual, physically, mentally, or emotionally.
On March 11th WSG is conducting a workshop to help businesses comply with legislation and promote the safety of workers. Learn how to identify the potential for workplace bullying, harassment and violence and what you must do to prevent this from becoming an issue that requires Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development intervention.
This workshop is ideal for those in human resources, as well as managers and supervisors who will be given knowledge and tools needed to effectively deal with violence, harassment and bullying in the workplace.