Workers Health & Safety Centre

WHSC revamps Workplace Violence  program

WHSC revamps <i>Workplace Violence</i>  program
By now you should have received word the Workers Health & Safety Centre has revamped our existing Workplace Violence program now entitled, Workplace Violence and Harassment. As a WHSC-trained instructor though you will want to know what’s changed besides the title.
Overall, WHSC’s new program covers the essentials needed to create an effective workplace-specific violence and harassment policy and program, now required by law.
Participant notes for the new three-hour training program are divided into the following eight sections:
  • The Health and Safety Policy and Program and the Joint Committee’s Involvement
  • Scope of the Problem
  • Workplace Violence and Harassment
  • Identifying and Assessing Risk Factors
  • It’s the Law
  • Principles of Control
  • Preventing and Controlling Workplace Violence.
The Scope of the Problem section, gives an updated and more detailed account of the prevalence of workplace violence and harassment. Health effects are also detailed. Other new content is devoted to an understanding of how domestic violence can impact the workplace and how employers can address this issue.
Perhaps the biggest change is the legislation section. It’s the Law, provides a comprehensive look at the Bill 168 amendments including the legal definitions of workplace violence, harassment, and domestic violence as well as requirements for identifying, assessing and controlling these hazards.
Identifying and Assessing Risk Factors encourages participants to think “outside the box” in terms of what constitutes a risk factor for violence.  For example working in an environment where alcohol is served or work located in a neighbourhood that is high in crime could be considered risk factors that are not traditionally considered when it comes to workplace violence.
Further, the Workplace Violence and Harassment program also has new Resource Sheets which include:
  • a workplace violence survey
  • general/physical environment assessment tool
  • risk factor selection tool (lists nine most common risk factors)
  • specific risk factor assessment tools (for each of the nine common risk factors)
  • sample workplace violence policy
  • sample workplace violence program.
Two new Worksheets are also included, each containing a case study. Participants are divided into two groups with each group working on a different case study. The two groups must come up with control measures for each risk factor presented in the case studies and present this information to rest of the class.
Want to know more about the WHSC Workplace Violence and Harassment program?  Call 1-888-869-7950 and ask to speak to a training services representative or contact a WHSC office near you.