Workplace Harassment & Violence … NOT ACCEPTABLE
Everyone should be able to work without fear of violence or harassment, in a safe and healthy workplace. Safety is everyone’s responsibility.
The exercise of physical force by a person against a worker, an attempt to exercise physical force against a worker, a statement or behaviour that it is reasonable for a worker to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker.
Some activities increase the risk of workplace violence
Handling cash,protecting or securing valuables
Transporting people and goods
Public or community contact
Working alone, or with just a few people
Working late at night or very early morning
Workplace harassment means engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a workplace that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome.
Workplace harassment may include bullying, intimidating or offensive jokes or innuendos, displaying or circulating offensive pictures or materials, or offensive or intimidating phone calls.
Rights and responsibilities: Workers have the same rights and responsibilities under the OHSA for violence prevention as they do for other hazards in a workplace. They must report potential workplace hazards to employers.
All workers have the right to refuse unsafe work, but for some workers, this right is limited. Certain workers who have a responsibility to protect public safety (for example police officers, firefighters, etc) cannot refuse unsafe work if the danger in question is a normal part of the job or if the refusal would endanger the life, health or safety of another person. For these workers, the limited right to refuse unsafe work remains with respect to the hazard of workplace violence.
Reprisals by employers (such as penalizing, dismissing, disciplining, suspending or threatening to do any of these things to a worker exercising their rights, including the right to refuse unsafe work under the Occupational Health and Safety Act) remain prohibited.
In an emergency or if there is immediate danger
Contact police first in emergency situations
Tell your supervisor/ MSI
Calling the Ministry of Labour
Thumbs up to being aware & working safely!