Ontario Violence Prevention

Be prepared for the Bill 132 Ontario amendments which go into effect September 8 2016. This will affect all Ontario employers. At a minimum they will need to review their violence prevention program and ensure that the Sexual Violence and Harassment revisions in Bill 132 are met by their existing program or implement changes to meet the new requirements by then.

Preventing workplace violence in Ontario workplaces was introduced in Bill 168. The Ministry of Labour enforces the provisions for the prevention of violence in the workplace and determines when employers are in compliance with Bill 168.

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Violence prevention for Ontario employers

Ontario employers have a responsibility to provide a workplace free of harassment as part of their requirements in Bill 168 which went into effect June 15, 2010. Revisions being made in Bill 132 Ontario will mean an increased emphasis on preventing incidents of sexual violence in the workplace. Employers will need to understand how the revisions impact their program and work with their joint health and safety committee or their safety representative to make sure their program is meeting the new requirements

There are three main requirements for Employers to meet.

  • Prepare a Workplace Violence Prevention Program
  • Develop and maintain a program to implement the Violence Prevention Program
  • Educate and train workers on the contents of Violence Policy and implementation of the Violence Prevention Program.

Workplace violence programs must include measures and procedures for:

  • Summoning immediate assistance when workplace violence occurs or is likely to occur
  • Controlling risks identified in the assessment of risks. It is important to update these control measures and procedures as subsequent assessments of risk are conducted

For a more detailed document on Bill 132 and Bill 168 regarding Violence Prevention refer to the Ontario Ministry of Labour web site.

Violence Risk Assessment
Employers must pro actively assess the risks of workplace violence that may arise from the nature of the workplace, the type of work or the conditions of work. Measures and procedures to control these risks must be included in the workplace violence program.

Preparing a Violence Prevention Policy
There are resources available on the Ontario government website to assist you in preparing a Violence Prevention Policy if you do not already have one. If you already have a policy it is a good idea to compare it to the samples available to ensure you have covered key points such as defining what is meant by Violent Behaviour. The link to this website is at the end of this article.

Implementing a Violence Prevention Policy
Once you have developed a policy for your organization the next step is to implement the policy. This step typically involves ensuring the policy is posted and every person in the organization is aware of the existence of the policy.

This would include providing details on what to do in the event you are involved in an incident, complaints or threats of violence. In some cases you may have a form for people to submit an incident, complaint or threat of violent behaviour and it would be clear for all employees how this process works for reporting an incident, complaint or threat as well as the procedure for resolving an incident, complaint or threat once reported.

Informing and Educating Workers on Violence Prevention
With a written policy in place, and a clear process documented, you can now take the step of educating employees on the details of the policy to ensure an understanding of what work-place violence is and what it is not, what to do in the event they are involved in an incident of violence.

Ideally this step is more than just a one time action as the more frequently we are exposed to information and ideas the greater impact they have on our thoughts and long term behaviour.

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