A company providing security services was recently fined $70,000 for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
) relating to workplace violence and harassment.
Ontario employers have significant legal obligations
to address workplace violence and harassment. Chief among these duties is the requirement for employers
to develop and implement workplace violence and harassment policies and program(s). To this end the employer must also provide all workers with information and instruction on the content of these policies and related measures.
In October, 2014, a Ministry of Labour (MOL) inspector attended Oshawa City Hall following an injury suffered by a worker employed by Federal Force Protection Agency (FFPA). Ten orders were issued to FFPA
relating to employer obligations including the need to assess violence and harassment risks, develop a workplace violence and harassment policy and a program to implement the policy including worker training.
In a follow-up inspection in March, 2015, notices of non-compliance were issued for seven of the 10 orders relating to various parts of section 32 of the Act
According to a recent Ministry of Labour press release, FFPA was fined $10,000 for each of the seven counts of non-compliance.
Want to read the MOL press release about this conviction?
Want to read section 32 of the Act outlining obligations related to workplace violence and harassment?
For our part, the Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) offers a range of resources and a three-hour Workplace Violence and Harassment Prevention Training program
designed to help workplace parties better understand workplace violence, harassment and bullying and to fully comply with legal obligations. We also offer training programs to help employers meet the training and competency requirements for supervisors.
Want to access WHSC violence and harassment resources and other related information?
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To learn more:
and ask to speak to a WHSC training services representative.