Health & Safety

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Our Health & Safety Management System Corporate Bank is designed to help ensure all employees of Yukon Government have the tools they require to stay safe at work.

Violence in the Workplace

Purpose:

This Safe Work Practice (SWP) will provide YG employees with a set of guidelines or “Do’s and Don’ts” to reduce and / or control workplace hazards. The intent is for YG employees to perform their work tasks with minimal risk to themselves, others and property.  YG employees are required to be trained, knowledgeable and competent in this SWP.

General:

Workplace violence includes any act in which a person is abused, threatened, intimidated or assaulted in his or her employment. 

Workplace violence is not limited to incidents which occur within the workplace as it may also occur at off-site business-related functions, such as conferences, trade shows, or at social events related to work; and in clients’ homes. 

Domestic violence from a spouse or partner may happen at home or occur at a workplace.  The acts and effects of domestic violence can often be seen in workplace settings and impact both the victim and the co-workers.

Any level of violence that occurs in the workplace, no matter how minor, should be taken seriously and acted upon to mitigate and control so as to protect the victim and other workers.

Examples are listed below:

Domestic Violence - characterized by abusive, coercive, forceful, or threatening acts or words used by one member of a family, household, or intimate relationship against another. 

Harassment – any behaviour that demeans, embarrasses, humiliates, annoys, alarms or verbally abuses a person and that is known or would be expected to be unwelcome.  This includes words, gestures, intimidation, bullying, or other inappropriate activities.

Physical Attacks – including hitting, shoving, pushing or kicking the victim, or inciting a dog to attack.

Threatening Behaviour – such as shaking fists, destroying property or throwing objects

Verbal Abuse – including swearing, insults or condescending language.

Verbal or Written Threats – any expression of an intent to inflict harm, including:

  • Direct Threats – clear and explicit communication which distinctly indicates that the potential offender intends to do harm, for example “I am going to make you pay for what you did to me.”
  • Conditional Threats – involve a condition, for example “If you don’t get off my back, you will regret it.”
  • Veiled Threats – usually involve body language or behaviours that leave little doubt in the mind of the victim that the perpetrator intends harm, for example “Do you think anyone would care if someone beat up the boss?”


DO:

a)    Assess the workplace

  1. Complete a Workplace Security Assessment (link below)
  2. Complete a Hazard Assessment - Questionnaire (link below)

b)    Develop and train preventive measures

  1. Communicate results of assessment and prevention measures to all employees
  2. Complete fire drills and other emergency drills

b)    If you learn of a threat – assess the risk

  1. Imminent threat contact police immediately
  2. Secure the premises where necessary
  3. Activate relevant procedures and policies

c)    Document and investigate

  1. Following Element 9, complete an investigation of the incident and document using the serious incident reporting form
  2. Submit incident form with recommendations to senior management for review

d)    Where applicable provide necessary victim support

  1. First aid
  2. Supervisor contact and arrange for Employee and Family Assistance Program
  3. Supervisor and pertinent staff develop personal safety plan where necessary


DON’T:

a)    Do not enter into any situation or location where you feel threatened or unsafe

b)    Do not provoke violence, intimidate or harass fellow employees

c)    Do not discuss the security measures used in the workplace with outsiders


Additional Assistance:

Where necessary, Corporate Health & Safety can be contacted to assist in completing assessments and reviewing workplace preventive measures such as an operational Safe Work Practice.


Links:

  1. Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety 
  2. WorkSafeBC 
  3. Respectful Workplace G.A.M. policy 3.47
  4. Workplace Security Assessment 
  5. Hazard Assessment Questionnaire