Workplace Violence & Harassment

All provincially-regulated employers in Ontario are required to protect workers against violence and harassment in the workplace.

Employer Requirements to Comply:


  1. Develop a Policy with respect to both workplace harassment and workplace violence and post in the workplace.
Note:  The two policies can be combined and/or combined with a current workplace policy on discrimination and harassment.
  2. Complete a Risk Assessment to determine the risks of workplace violence that may arise from the nature of the workplace, the type of work or conditions of work.  Results of assessment to be shared with the Health & Safety Representative or Joint Health & Safety Committee.
  3. Develop a Workplace Violence Program to include:
    • measures and procedures to control risks identified in assessment
    • measures and procedures for summoning immediate assistance
    • measures and procedures for reporting incidents
    • employer procedures for investigating and dealing with incidents or complaints
    • employee right to refuse work
- measures and procedures for addressing domestic violence in the workplace
    • employer disclosure of information related to a risk of workplace violence.
  4. Develop a Workplace Harassment Program to include:
    • measures and procedures for reporting incidents
    • employer procedures for investigating and dealing with incidents of complaints.
  5. Provide Information & Training to Employees on both programs to include:
    •  definitions of workplace harassment and workplace violence
    • duties and responsibilities of the employer, supervisor, and employee
    • role of health and safety representative/committee
    • ensure employee understanding of the workplace harassment and workplace violence policies and programs.

Contact Faye Wales for assistance in implementing a workplace harassment and violence program in your organization.

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