Saskatchewan Violence Prevention

In Saskatchewan Section 34 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations is intended to prevent workplace violence in Saskatchewan workplaces. The government of Saskatchewan enforces the requirements for the prevention of violence in the workplace and determines when employers are in compliance with Section 34 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. When you are interested in communicating your policies and education to your workers ask about our online training and signup solutions.

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Violence prevention for Saskatchewan employers

Saskatchewan employers have a responsibility to provide a workplace free of violence as part of their requirements in Section 34 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations which took effect December 4, 1996.

There are three main requirements for Employers to meet.

  • Provide a violence free workplace policy statement must include the employer’s commitment to minimize or eliminate the risk;
  • Make readily available for reference by workers a copy of the violence free workplace policy statement
  • Ensure that the violence free workplace policy statement is reviewed and, where necessary, revised every three years and whenever there is a change of circumstances that may affect the health or safety of workers

Conduct a Risk Assessment
Whenever there is direct interaction between workers and the public, the potential for incidents of violence exists. Using the results of a risk assessment, you can develop a workplace violence policy statement and implement a violence prevention program to address the specific needs of your organization. The risk assessment should consider the location, nature and circumstances of the work done by your organization. The assessment should also consider the frequency and nature of previous incidents of violence at the workplace over a period of at least one year.

Preparing a Violence Prevention Policy
There are resources available on the Saskatchewan 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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