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Bill 168: Ministry of Labour releases violence and harassment guide and toolbox

toolboxOn May 3, 2010, the Ontario Ministry of Labour released new resource tools to help prevent violence and address harassment in the workplace in light of the new requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act that come into effect on June 15, 2010. The MOL workplace violence tool kit and accompanying guide are additional resources that assist employers in complying with these new requirements by helping them to:

  • Develop workplace violence and harassment policies and programs;
  • Assess risks of workplace violence including situations involving handling of cash, dealing with potentially violent clients, working alone, working in high-crime areas, protecting valuable goods and transporting people or goods; and
  • Identify possible ways to control those risks.

The tool kit and guide are prepared by the Occupational Health & Safety Council of Ontario (OHSCO) and supports the Ministry of Labour guide which outlines steps that will help you protect the workers in your workplace from the hazards of violence. It contains information and assessments that can be useful to employers as they develop workplace violence and harassment policies and program, or a domestic violence program.

The toolbox can be linked to here.

The guide can be linked to here.

If you have already prepared your policies and program, and everything is in place, these resources are helpful as a self-audit to compliance.

Yosie Saint-Cyr
Human Resources and Compliance Managing Editor

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Yosie Saint-Cyr

Managing Editor at First Reference Inc.
Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., is a trained lawyer called to the Quebec bar in 1988 and is still a member in good standing. She practiced business, employment and labour law until 1999. For over 15 years, Yosie has been the Managing Editor of the following publications, Human Resources Advisor, Human Resources PolicyPro, HRinfodesk and Accessibility Standards PolicyPro from First Reference. Yosie is one of Canada’s best known and most respected HR authors, with an extensive background in employment and labour across the country. Read more
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