The ASSP, Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) Group is presenting a three-part series that will shed light on the factors, barriers and impacts that surround incidents of violence towards women in the workplace.
Safety legislation in Alberta now addresses workplace violence as a significant work hazard and OHS officers expect employers to treat these incidents similarly to any other incident; through prevention activities, reporting requirements and investigation. After all the policies are updated and the procedures are in place, the question becomes, what now?
Being able to prevent incidents means being able to predict what might happen in a workplace based on incident history, contributing job factors and industry norms. Up until now these type of incidents may have been viewed as “just a part of the job” or been passed over because this wasn’t “in my job description” and the only recourse for women experiencing violence in the workplace was reporting to Human Resources who would have their hands tied until after an incident occurs. As safety personnel, we all know from experience that it is better to prevent an incident from happening than having to deal with the consequences afterwards.
To learn more about what WISE will be doing to develop awareness and risk strategies concerning workplace violence follow their articles here.