The VISAGE research team

The VISAGE research team is part of the Trauma Studies Centre.

His research program focuses on violence in the workplace by sex and gender.

More specifically, the VISAGE research team focuses on:

– issues concerning sex and gender linked to experience of violence
– the needs of workers exposed to these experiences
– the optimization of the help offered to such persons

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Questions et réponses

What are the risk factors?

What are the risk factors?

According to the VISAGE team

Risk factors:

  • Working alone
  • Working with the public (especially with people in distress or unstable)
  • Handling money, valuable objects or controlled substances
  • Working outside of regular office hours
  • Mobile work site

Workplaces/employment sectors more at risk:

  • 49% in offices, factories or businesses
  • 31% in hospitals, prisons or rehab centres
  • 10% in restaurants or bars
  • 10% in schools

Relationship with aggressor:

  • 33% a stranger
  • 67% a person known to the victim, including:
  • 38% a patient, client or former colleague
    • 18% a colleague
    • 11% a person recognized by sight

Listen to the webinar Violence at work: Scope and consequences given on October 11 by Stéphane Guay (video in French only).

Elsewhere on the Web

Canadian Centre for Occupationnal Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Workplace safety and Insurance board (WSIB) – Ontario

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)

What are the consequences?

What are the consequences?

On our site

You can view the webinar presentation of May 21 (in French only) on the professional repercussions given by Nathalie Lanctôt. You can also view the webinar presentation of March 19 on the psychological consequences of violence at work (in French only) and listen to the webinar Violence at work: Scope and consequences (video in French only) given on October 11, both given by Stéphane Guay.

See the presentation of May 21 (in French only):

See the presentation of March 19 (in French only):

Elsewhere on the Web

Chair in occupationnal health and safety management – Université Laval

Canadian Centre for Occupationnal Health and Safety (CCOHS)

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)

Policy examples?

Policy examples?

From our partners

Here are a few examples of our partners’ documents that deal with violence in the workplace prevention policies:

Association paritaire pour la santé et la sécurité du travail du secteur des affaires sociales (ASSTSAS)

Association paritaire pour la santé et sécurité du travail, secteur “affaires municipales” (APSAM)

Association paritaire pour la santé et sécurité du travail, secteur “Administration provinciale” (APSSAP)

Other organizations

Online training?

Online training?

Our interactive web tool to raise workplace violence awareness

The VISAGE research team launched an interactive web tool to raise awareness of the realities of violence in the workplace to help workers recognize several forms of workplace violence (verbal and physical), to raise awareness of the importance of talking to colleagues and loved ones about violent acts experienced or witnessed in the workplace and to increase the likelihood that workers report such violence to their employer.

On our site

The VISAGE team organizes regular webinars (on-line conferences) in order to share current and relevant knowledge. These events shed light on various facets surrounding violence in the workplace as well as issues related to sex and gender.

Each webinar introduces a team member or invited guest who discusses a given topic for 30-40 minutes, then answers questions from participants.

>> Click here to learn more about all the VISAGE team’s activities

Elsewhere on the Web

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS) offers courses, webinars and podcasts related to various types of violence in the workplace.

Examples of on-line courses:

 

Aid resources?

Aid resources?

The VISAGE team has compiled a list of resources that, depending on your needs, can offer you support and references regarding physical or psychological violence, harassment and intimidation in the workplace. Some of the resources are intended specifically for victims or organizations.

In order to better navigate through this directory, we invite you to use the search engine that enables you to filter the various resources by category.

>> Click here to access the resources

How do we prevent it?

How do we prevent it?

On our site

Review the first knowledge transfer tool designed by the VISAGE team, in association with the Centre de liaison sur l’intervention et la prévention psychosociales (CLIPP) – a short Summary sheet entitled “Prevention & assessment: two key actions”.

Elsewhere on the Web

Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST)

Commission des normes du travail – Québec

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

Canadian Union of Public Employers (CUPE)

Prevent Violence at Work

Canadian Centre for Occupationnal Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) – Ontario

World Health Organization – WHO

International labour organization (ILO)

Health and Safety Ontario (HSO)

Department of health and Wellness (Nova Scotia)

Alberta Human Services: Employment and Immigration (Alberta)

Worksafe BC (British Columbia)

Workers’ Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island (Prince Edward Island)

American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) (United States)

A checklist?

A checklist?

Elsewhere on the Web

Workplace safety and Insurance board (WSIB) – Ontario

 

What is violence in the workplace?

What is violence in the workplace?

On our site

Violence at work includes the following acts:

  • Physical aggression
  • Sexual aggression
  • Theft or attempted robbery
  • Attempted murder
  • Threats of death or injury
  • Being a witness to one of these actions

Our research program is concentrated specifically on serious violence in the workplace, committed by an outsider, a customer/user/patient or colleague, and includes any action that directly or indirectly threatens the safety, physical integrity, and psychological well-being of one or several employees within their work context.

Listen to the webinar Violence at work: Scope and consequences given on October 11 by Stéphane Guay (video in French Only).

Elsewhere on the Web

Canadian Centre for Occupationnal Health and Safety (CCOHS)