Violence Prevention

To demonstrate our commitment to ensuring a safe, secure and respectful workplace and to prevent all forms of violent behaviour and inappropriate conduct at our workplaces, the Government of NL has developed resource guides for both managers and employees, which provide strategies to help them prevent and deal with incidents of workplace violence which may be committed by a client or outside party.

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (Sections 22-24):

Violence prevention – Section 22

  1. In this section and sections 23 and 24 , “violence” means the attempted or actual exercise by a person, other than a worker, of physical force to cause injury to a worker, and includes threatening statements or behaviour which gives a worker reason to believe that he or she is at a risk of injury.
  2. An employer risk assessment shall be performed in a workplace in which a risk of injury to workers from violence arising out of their employment may be present.
  3. The risk assessment shall include the consideration of
    1. previous experience in the workplace;
    2. occupational experience in similar workplaces; and
    3. the location and circumstances in which work may take place.

Procedures and policies – Section 23

Where a risk of injury to workers from violence is identified by an assessment performed under section 22 the employer shall

    1. establish procedures, policies and work environment arrangements to eliminate the risk to workers from violence; and
    2. where elimination of the risk to workers is not possible, establish procedures, policies and work environment arrangements to minimize the risk to workers.

Instruction to workers – Section 24

  1. An employer shall inform workers who may be exposed to the risk of violence of the nature of the risk and the precautions that may be taken.
  2. The duty to inform workers in subsection (1) includes a duty to provide information related to the risk of violence from persons who have a history of violent behaviour and whom workers are likely to encounter in the course of their work.

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