OHS Canada Magazine

CCOHS’ Guide to Fighting Workplace Violence

October 26, 2007

Health & Safety

Every workplace – no matter the size, industry, or setting – is susceptible to violence. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is working to address this serious issue in the new edition of their Violence in the Workplace Prevention Guide.

Many people see violence as a physical assault, such as hitting, shoving, or pushing. However workplace violence can consist of persistent mistreatment, sometimes by an employee in a position of authority, that makes the victim feel humiliated, demoralized, less valued, or incapable of doing their job.

Signs of bullying and mobbing – excessive criticism, rude language, and taking credit for another workers successes – are strong indicators of workplace violence, and are covered in the updated edition.

This pocked-sized handbook is packed full of practical advice, written in clear, easy to understand language. Now in its tenth year of publication, the guide has been extensively reviewed and updated to ensure the information is current. Revisions to the guide reflect updated legislation and include new tips and preventive advice on:

– Domestic violence and its spillover into the workplace;
– Bullying, mobbing and harassment;
– Working from home; and
– Managing order during a job action.

The 180-page guide is designed to help workplaces fulfil their violence prevention strategies effectively and according to the applicable legislation. The handbook is especially useful to those involved in developing and implementing workplace violence prevention programs that can help protect people.

CCOHS publications are unique in that they are developed by experts in the field, and reviewed by representatives from labour, employers and government to ensure the content and approach are unbiased and credible. The pocket guides are available in English and French.

More information about the Violence in the Workplace Prevention Guide is available on the CCOHS website: http://www.ccohs.ca/products/publications/violence.html.

Eleanor Westwood
Manager of Communications
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
905/572-2981, Ext. 4408
Please visit http://www.ccohs.ca


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