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Wilfrid Laurier University Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management
September 24, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Workplace Violence Prevention

Bill 168 amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act came into effect on June 15, 2010.  This legislation specifies responsibilities for employers to protect their workers in respect to workplace violence and harassment which includes:

  • An exercise of physical force
  • An attempt to exercise physical force
  • A threat to exercise physical force
  • Domestic Violence in the workplace

To ensure employers are fulfilling their responsibilities, the legislation requires the development of a policy and program.  It also requires employers to conduct a risk assessment to determine functions of their buisiness that carry a higher risk and therefore require controls be put in place to protect their workers.

Laurier's Workplace Violence Prevention Policy was finalized and approved by the Board of Governors on June 1, 2010, and continues to receive annual review and approval.  Laurier's Hassassment/Discrimination Policy #6.1 was amended to include workplace harassment as defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and was approved by the Board of Governors on February 17, 2011.

The Workplace Violence Prevention Program was completed in October 2010, and was since amended in May 2013.  To view the program, and its appendices, click below:

Workplace Violence Prevention Program

Appendix A     Workplace Violence Prevention Policy

Appendix B     Workplace Violence Risk Assessment

Appendix C     Physical Environment Assessment

Appendix D     Assessment for Specific Risk

Appendix E     Workplace Violence Reporting Form

Appendix F     Recognizing Domestic Violence

Appendix G    Workplace Violence Safety Plan

Appendix H     Steps to Take When You Encounter Concerning Behaviour on Campus

Appendix I     Safety Tips

Appendix J     Community Services


This mandatory training is available for all faculty, staff and management at all campuses and locations.  This training will address key issues relating to Workplace Violence and Harassment legislation, reporting and resolutions initiatives, identifying suspicious behaviours and providing the information you need to understand your new responsibilities.

To request this training, please contact Donna Kubica


Ontario Ministry of Labour - Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment