June 15th is the anniversary of Bill 168, Ontario’s workplace violence and harassment legislation. Introduced seven years ago, Bill 168 places an obligation on employers to take the necessary precautions to protect their employees from workplace violence.
Consequently, part of an employer’s responsibility under the legislation is to perform a risk assessment (at least once per year) to evaluate the risk of violence and harassment in their workplace. Seeing as June 15th is fast approaching, have you had a chance to do your annual assessment? What is entailed in this kind of assessment?
What a risk assessment involves
According to the legislation, risk assessments for workplace violence and harassment should be conducted at least once per year, but also whenever there is a significant company change (i.e. moving offices, adjusting customer service processes, etc.). An assessment will look at physical hazards, the history of workplace violence or harassment in your company, and research into incidents at similar businesses.
The risk assessment should help your company identify which areas of your processes and procedures need to be modified in order to reduce the risk of violence or harassment from occurring. This can range from changing a procedure for handling money to addressing standards for employees who work alone. The results of this assessment have to be communicated to the H&S Committee and/or employees.
How to get started
Knowing where to begin with your assessment can be overwhelming. With this in mind, Clear Path created a DIY package to assist employers in implementing a thorough and effective workplace violence and harassment program, including a risk assessment tool that you can use year over year. It includes the following resources:
Clear Path is also able to help employers become compliant with Workplace Violence and Harassment and Sexual Harassment legislation through personalized service and consultation. To learn more, click here.
If you have any other questions, please contact Clear Path President, Anna Aceto-Guerin, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-624-0800.
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