Enhancements to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations to help improve workplaces in Newfoundland and Labrador will come into effect on January 1, 2020.
The Provincial Government is focused on improving outcomes for residents and eliminating violence of all forms and, with this in mind, the changes to the regulations are:
- Violence in the workplace between workers is now defined in the regulations to ensure all aspects of worker safety are captured. The regulations previously focused only on violence between a non-worker and worker.
- Provisions related to harassment in the workplace are now included in the regulations.
The expanded regulations require employers to apply and comply with a harassment prevention plan that is accessible to all employees. The improvements provide employees with a secure and confidential means to file a complaint, a clear manner in which the complaint is investigated, as well as training for both the employer and employees on harassment prevention.
“Every single one of us has the right to feel safe and protected from violence and harassment. It is not acceptable in any form. I ask that we spread the message of tolerance, respect and appreciation of differences in our everyday lives, as well as in the workplace.”
Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh
Minister of Service NL
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