In the News : Bill 168 - Workplace Violence

In the News

Has Your Workplace Complied with Bill 168?

Bill 168 is An Act to amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act with respect to violence and harassment in the workplace and other matters and came into effect June 15, 2010. Workplaces in Ontario are now required to have the necessary policies, programs, measures and procedures in place.

Can workplace violence happen in your workplace?

In 2007, there were 2,150 allowed lost-time claims from assaults, violent acts, harassment and acts of war or terrorism in Ontario (WSIB, 2007).

According to the 2004 General Social Survey, 17% of all self-reported incidents of violent victimization happened at the workplace, including sexual assault, robbery and physical assault. This represents over 356,000 violent workplace incidents in Canada (StatCan, 2007). The act requires that a company conducts a risk assessment for its premises, writes policies and procedures for harassment and violence, including emergency procedures for a violent incident and trains employees on these policies and procedures.

In response to Bill 168, Beclin Associates can assist you in:

a.Performing a Risk Assessment of Premises
b.Obtaining Input from Employees
c.Developing, Reviewing and Refining Policies and Procedures
d.Providing Information to Employees on those Policies and Programs, including steps to follow if there is ever an issue For assistance, Contact Us