Harassment and violence training are underway in several workplaces in Ontario. Employers are in the process of providing appropriate information and instruction to workers on the contents of their workplace harassment and violence policies and program, as required by the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act. In addition,
- Workers may need to be trained to recognize and respond to harassment/violence or trained in specialized techniques to deal with harassment/violence.
- Supervisors may need additional information or instruction, especially if they are going to follow up on reported incidents or complaints of workplace harassment/violence.
- Employers, supervisors and unions also need to be aware of their responsibilities to prevent and address harassment/violence prohibited under Ontario’s Human Rights Code.
During one of these recent training sessions on workplace harassment and violence a worker asked the following question: “If another worker attacks me at work, I’m going to protect myself. Does this law [the Occupational Health and Safety Act] say I can’t do that?”
What do you think?
Your opinions and comments will be useful to my follow up blog post on the issue of workplace violence in self-defence.