Workplace Violence Prevention

Most people think of violence as a physical assault. However, workplace violence is a much broader problem. It is any act in which a person is abused, threatened, intimidated or assaulted in his or her employment. Workplace violence includes:

  • threatening behaviour - such as shaking fists, destroying property or throwing objects.
  • verbal or written threats - any expression of an intent to inflict harm.
  • harassment - any behaviour that demeans, embarrasses, humiliates, annoys, alarms or verbally abuses a person and that is known or would be expected to be unwelcome. This includes words, gestures, intimidation, bullying, or other inappropriate activities.
  • verbal abuse - swearing, insults or condescending language.
  • physical attacks - hitting, shoving, pushing or kicking.
  • Rumours, swearing, verbal abuse, pranks, arguments, property damage, vandalism, sabotage, pushing, theft, physical assaults, psychological trauma, anger-related incidents, rape, arson and murder are all examples of workplace violence.

Workplace violence is not limited to incidents that occur within a traditional workplace. Work-related violence can occur at off-site business-related functions (conferences, trade shows), at social events related to work, in clients' homes or away from work but resulting from work (a threatening telephone call to your home from a client).

 

Resources

This page contains a collection of web-based resources that have been adopted for use by Acadia University:

Workplace Violence Prevention Strategy for NS -

http://www.gov.ns.ca/lwd/healthandsafety/docs/WorkplaceViolencePreventionStrategy.pdf

Assessing the Risk of Workplace Violence -

http://www.gov.ns.ca/lwd/healthandsafety/docs/WorkplaceViolenceRiskAssessmentGuide.pdf

Negative Interactions - http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/psychosocial/violence_negative.html

Parking Lot Safety - http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/psychosocial/violence_negative.html

Warning Signs - http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/psychosocial/violence_warning_signs.html

Working Late - http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/psychosocial/violence_working_late.html