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Preventing violence in your workplace

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Part 11 of the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulationrequires every workplace to have written measures in place to prevent and address violence.

Violence includes:

  • Attempted or actual exercise of physical force against a person;
  • Threatening statements or behavior that gives someone reason to believe physical force will be used against them.

Develop your policy in consultation with your: 

  • Safety and Health Committee (if you have more than 20 workers);
  • Worker Representative (if you employ 5-19 workers); or 
  • Employees (if you have 4 or fewer workers).

Key steps include:

  • Identify and assess the risk of violence;
  • Establish plans to eliminate or minimize the risk;
  • Outline how incidents will be reported and investigated;
  • Train all staff. As the employer, you need to ensure that everyone complies with the policy.

More resources to help you develop policies:

The template is easy to personalize and can help you save time. Once your policy is done, share it will all employees and post a copy in a prominent location.

Information is also available from SafeWork Manitoba's Guide.

Visit Preventing harassment at your company for information and a template to set up your own harassment prevention policy.

CFIB’s Business Counsellors are available to help you understand Manitoba's Workplace Safety & Health requirements. You can reach us at 1-888-234-2232 or [email protected]. We look forward to helping you!