Violence effects the safety and security of employees, residents and visitors at your organization. It claims a high personal cost from the emotional trauma and physical injury experienced by victims, their families and co-workers. Violence also brings high costs to the employer, including increased absenteeism, higher sick leave costs, lost productivity, high employee turn-over, higher insurance premiums and increased WCB premiums.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act, Violence in the Workplace Regulations (N.S. Reg. 209/2007) requires designated employers to identify the risks associated with workplace violence and manage them accordingly. Acts of violence do not necessarily require intent to harm. In healthcare and community services, it is often while providing client or patient care that a situation of workplace violence can arise.
AWARE-NS and WCB have been working in partnership with a provincial working group with representation from long term care, adult residential care and regional residential care, is sharing best practices and consolidating resource materials for use in health care and community services. Our focus has been to develop workplace violence prevention resources to support workplaces in their efforts to reduce incidents of workplace violence. These resources will assist employers to ensure a comprehensive violence prevention plan is developed and that best practices to develop the skills of workers to minimize risk factors associated with workplace violence are shared.
The first three steps of the resource guide have been completed and AWARE-NS and WCB will be co-leading workshops around the province to help facilitate the implication of these elements of the program in your organization.
Dates and locations of Workshops.
Sept 12 9 am-12 noon Halifax
Sept 17 9 am-12 noon Bridgewater
Sept 22 1 pm-4 pm Port Hawkesbury
Sept 23 9 am-12 noon Sydney
Sept 26 9 am-12 noon Amherst
Sept 30 9 am-12 noon Berwick
Oct 7 9 am-12 noon Yarmouth
Oct 10 9 am-12 noon Truro
Oct 15 1 pm-4 pm Antigonish
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