Ontario Taking Action to Better Protect Health Care Workers

Ontario is establishing a Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care Leadership Table to better protect health care professionals on the job. Members will bring together stakeholders and experts, including patient advocates to provide advice on how to reduce and prevent workplace violence for health care professionals. An implementation plan will work to protect the health and safety of health care professionals as part of the government’s four-part plan to build Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills.

PSHSA Violence, Aggression & Responsive Behaviour (VARB) Project 2016

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.

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Components of the tool kit will be released over the coming months. The Flagging Handbook and related tools are the first to be developed you can access them here.

Global’s 16×9 feature October 30 on Workplace Violence in Healthcare

PSHSAs Executive Director Henrietta Van Hulle is interviewed to build awareness for this prominent issue.

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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.