Workplace Violence Prevention: It Starts With You

    McGuinty Government Is Committed To Safe And Healthy Workplaces

    TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is seeking input to determine if current protections against
workplace violence under the Occupational Health and Safety Act should be
enhanced or clarified.
    A consultation paper has been released outlining the issues around
workplace violence. Comments are being requested from labour and employer
stakeholders, as well as from the general public.
    Currently, the Ministry of Labour deals with issues of workplace violence
that fall within the jurisdiction of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Ministry inspectors are trained to address complaints of workplace violence,
and proactively check for procedures to address workplace violence where the
risk of violence is higher due to the nature of the work.
    The closing date for comments on this consultation is October 17, 2008.


    "We want Ontario workers to enjoy safe and healthy workplaces," said
Labour Minister Brad Duguid. "At the same time, we must make sure that our
occupational health and safety legislation protects them from workplace
violence in a balanced way that reflects the realities of today's workplaces."


    -   Violence against workers is most likely to arise from clients,
        customers, or other members of the public.
    -   The risk of violence is higher in certain sectors, such as health
        care, social services, retail, hospitality, education,
        transportation, police, security agencies, and correctional services.
    -   A number of work activities are associated with an increased risk of
        workplace violence, including: handling cash, protecting or securing
        valuables, transporting people and goods, a mobile workplace (such as
        a vehicle), public or community contact, working alone or with just a
        few people, or working late nights or very early mornings.


    Read the Consultation Paper on Workplace Violence Prevention
                                                      Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Susan McConnell, Minister's Office, (416)
326-7710; Bruce Skeaff, Communications Branch, (416) 326-7405

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