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Section 815: Government of Saskatchewan Workplace Violence Policy

Date issued: 01/08/2001

Policy Statement

It is the Government of Saskatchewan (GoS) policy to promote a safe work environment for all employees. Violence of any type, committed by or against employees, will not be tolerated. The permanent head of each ministry shall ensure that a workplace violence policy statement is in place and that all employees are made aware of the policy and its contents.

The Saskatchewan Employment Act outlines the employer's responsibility for developing and implementing workplace violence policy statements.

321(1) An employer operating at a prescribed place of employment where violent situations have occurred or may reasonably be expected to occur shall develop and implement a written policy statement and prevention plan to deal with potentially violent situations after consultation with:
(a) The occupational health committee;
(b) The occupational health and safety representative; or
(c) The workers, if there is no occupational health committee and no occupational health and safety representative.

(2) A policy statement and prevention plan required pursuant to subsection (1) must include any prescribed provisions

Definition of Violence

As per Subsection 37(1) or The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996

'Violence' means the attempted, threatened or actual conduct of a person that causes or is likely to cause injury, and includes any threatening statement or behaviour that gives a worker reasonable cause to believe that the worker is at risk of injury.

Violence includes

  • The conduct by everyone at the place of employment, including the public, customers, employers, supervisors, managers, and co-workers; and
  • Incidents, as per the above definition, at the place of employment, at a work-site or in other work-related areas.

Authorities

The Saskatchewan Employment Act
The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996

Tools

Preventing Violence in the Workplace
Violence: A Guide to Developing a Violence Policy Statement

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If you have any questions or require more information please contact:

HR Service Centre

hrsc@gov.sk.ca

Phone: 1-877-852-5808 or 306-798-0000

Fax: 1-877-852-9219 or 306-798-9966

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