OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 27 Violence

Highlights

For the purposes of the OHS Code, violence means the threatened, attempted or actual conduct of a person that causes or is likely to cause physical injury.

  • Section 390 requires employers to develop a policy and procedures respecting potential workplace violence. (Section 8 of the OHS Regulation requires that the procedures be in writing and available to workers.)

  • Section 391 requires employers:

    • to instruct workers how to recognize workplace violence
    • to communicate the organization’s policy and procedures related to workplace violence
    • to develop appropriate responses to workplace violence
    • to develop procedures for reporting, investigating and documenting incidents of workplace violence.

  • Section 392 requires employers to investigate incidents of workplace violence, prepare a report of the incident that includes corrective actions to prevent a recurrence, and have the report readily available for inspection by an occupational health and safety officer. (Section 8 of the OHS Regulation requires that the incident report be in writing and available to workers affected by it.)