Ontario has established a Workplace Violence Prevention in Healthcare Leadership Table to better protect healthcare professionals on the job. Members are bringing together stakeholders and experts, including patient advocates to provide advice on how to reduce and prevent workplace violence for healthcare professionals. An implementation plan will work to protect the health and safety of healthcare professionals as part of the government’s four-part plan to build Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills.
A Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Health and Long Term care Initiative.
As well the Leadership Table have produced Recommendations and Resources to assist with managing Workplace Violence which can be accessed here.
PSHSA Violence, Aggression & Responsive Behaviour (VARB) Project
PSHSA is leading a multi-stakeholder collaboration to address the pervasive and impactful issue of workplace violence in healthcare. The initiative engages partners from various levels and subsectors of the healthcare industry. The goal of the project is to deliver a model and toolkit that provides workplaces with a consistent, scalable, and consensus-based approach for achieving sustainable outcomes and thereby reducing incidents and the impact of aggression, violence, and responsive behaviours.
Your First Step To Stopping Violence.
In the case of an incident at your workplace, please report it to your supervisor or the joint health & safety committee.
PSHSA Prevention & Management of Workplace Violence Toolkit Project
Workplace Violence Fast Facts
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Experiencing Workplace Violence?
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Violence in the workplace is a growing issue in all sectors. All workers and employers should have access to the occupational health and safety information they need, regardless of physical location.
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Owning the Problem – Sharing the Solution
All employees are entitled to a safe and healthy workplace, free from sexual violence and harassment.
Sexual harassment in the workplace can undermine dignity. It can prevent people from doing their jobs effectively, keep them from reaching full potential, and compromise their ability to earn a living. This harassment, left unchecked, also has the potential to escalate into violent behaviour.
Workers in Ontario deserve safer Workplaces so efforts are being made to:
- Introduce legislation to strengthen the Occupational Health and Safety Act to include a definition of sexual harassment. The legislation would include requirements for employers to investigate and address workplace harassment, including sexual harassment complaints, and include an obligation for employers to make every reasonable effort to protect workers.
- Create a new Code of Practice for employers under the Act with steps employers can take to comply with the law and assist employers in making their workplaces safer.
- Establish a special enforcement team of inspectors trained to address complaints
of workplace harassment, including sexual harassment, and enforce the Act’s harassment provisions.
- Develop educational materials to help employers create a safer workplace.
4 in 5 Canadians who say they had unwanted experiences did not report this behaviour to their employers.