Employers with over 5 employees are required to prepare a WRITTEN POLICY and PROGRAM regarding workplace violence and harassment. Your policy must be posted at a conspicuous place in the workplace.
Employers are required to conduct a RISK ASSESSMENT to determine the risks of workplace violence that may arise from the nature of the workplace, the type of work or the conditions of work (OHSA s.32.0.3 (1))
Under OHSA S.32.0.2 (2) your workplace violence and harassment program shall:
(a) include measures and procedures to control the risks identified in the assessment required under subsection 32.0.3 (1) as likely to expose a worker to physical injury;
(b) include measures and procedures for summoning immediate assistance when workplace violence occurs or is likely to occur;
(c) include measures and procedures for workers to report incidents of workplace violence to the employer or supervisor;
(d) set out how the employer will investigate and deal with incidents or complaints of workplace violence; and
(e) include any prescribed elements.
Employers are also required to provide TRAINING on the contents of their policy and program to their workers.
Take the time to review your health and safety documentation. Do you have a written policy and program for workplace violence and harassment? Have you conducted a risk assessment of your workplace? Have you provided training to your workers?
Safety First Consulting can help you meet these requirements under the ACT. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need any guidance or assistance.