Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to take steps to reduce the risk of workplace violence.
The proposed measures include:
- Establish violence prevention policies that are reviewed annually;
- Develop and maintain a program for controlling risks, summoning assistance, and reporting and responding to incidents;
- Assess risks of workplace violence;
- Train and educate employees.
However, the Ministry of Labor notes significant shortcomings in the implementation of these measures. A group of researchers from the Institute for Work and Health have examined the conditions that support or limit the implementation of these measures in acute-care hospitals in Ontario.
The results show that following the implementation of certain measures, employees have reservations about online training, risk assessment procedures, aggressive patient reporting, alarm reliability, security teams as well as lengthy reporting procedures.
The results of this study will provide practical advice to Ontario healthcare institutions on the factors that facilitate the implementation of effective workplace violence prevention programs.
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