There is no place for violence or harassment in the workplace. Regardless of where you live in Canada, most provinces have occupational health & safety legislation with “general duty” requirements for your employer to protect your health & safety in the workplace, and this includes protecting you from workplace violence. In addition, most provinces, including Saskatchewan, have specific regulations regarding violence & harassment in the workplace.
In order to ensure health & safety in the workplace, the Saskatchewan Employment Act defines the roles & responsibilities of employers, supervisors & workers, and sets workplace safety standards and requirements, including the requirement to develop & implement a violence policy statement & prevention plan. Under the Act, the definition of “occupational health & safety” includes the promotion & maintenance of a work environment free from harassment.
The Occupational Health & Safety Regulations state how workplaces can meet the requirements of the Act, such as how to develop the Violence Policy Statement & Prevention Plan, and how to develop & implement the Harassment Prevention Policy.
Training raises awareness about violence and harassment in the workplace. Workplace violence can be prevented or averted if employees are aware of the warning signs that may lead to violence. By being educated about workplace policies and knowing what to do in event of violence or harassment, can help prevent harm to workers. By knowing what behavior is acceptable and what is not, employees can do their part in preventing violence and harassment and help maintain a respectful workplace.
This course deals with general information such as the law, how to recognize warning signs, and respond to violence and harassment in the workplace. In addition, employers must provide training that addresses the contents of their specific workplace violence and harassment policies & programs.
Prevention of Violence and Harassment in the Workplace may be taken in the comfort of your own home or on the workplace computer system. Depending on your pace, it takes approximately 45 min to complete. You may progress through the online course at your own pace and may stop & start at any time. You are required to achieve a grade of 75% or higher in order to pass, and are allowed 2 attempts at the test. A certificate of completion (and/or wallet card) may be printed at successful completion of the Prevention of Violence and Harassment in the Workplace Test.