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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. CFIB Counsellors can help you adapt your this template to fit the needs of your business. Once it 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!