January - Violence & Harassment in Continuing Care
The CCSA has created and collected a variety of resources to help employers and employees navigate incidents of violence and harassment in continuing care, including elder abuse and domestic violence in the workplace.
Always call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger.
Workplace parties responsibilities graphic – What are my responsibilities when it comes to workplace violence and harassment? Information for employers, supervisors/managers and workers.
Violence Prevention at Work
Violence, whether at a work site or work related, is defined by the OHS Act as the threatened, attempted or actual conduct of a person that causes or is likely to cause physical or psychological injury or harm and includes domestic or sexual violence. Acts of these types could put workers at risk. Workplace violence can include:
- physical attack or aggression (e.g. hitting, shoving, pushing or kicking a worker; throwing an object at a worker; kicking an object the worker is standing on, such as a ladder);
- threatening behaviour (e.g. shaking a fist in a worker’s face, wielding a weapon at work, trying to hit a worker, destroying property or throwing objects);
- verbal or written threats (e.g. verbally threatening to attack a worker, leaving threatening notes or sending
Harassment (including bullying) at Work
Harassment (which includes bullying) can be a single incident or repeated incidents of objectionable or unwelcome conduct, comment, bullying or action by a person that the person knows or ought reasonably to know will or would cause offence or humiliation to a worker, or adversely affects the worker’s health and safety. Remember health and safety does not just include physical well-being but also psychological and social well-being.
Elder abuse is an intentional act, or failure to act, by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult.
If you suspect abuse of a senior, tell your supervisor or contact the Protections of Persons in Care (PPC) at 1-888-357-9339.
Domestic Violence in the Workplace
Domestic violence becomes a workplace hazard when it occurs or spills over into the workplace. It may put the targeted worker at risk and may pose a threat to coworkers or other persons at the workplace.
Employers must take reasonable precautions to protect affected workers if they are likely to be exposed to domestic violence at a work site.