Council approves new policy to address workplace violence

Tuesday, June 08, 2010 – for immediate release

Council approves new policy to address workplace violence

Town committed to safe, healthy and respectful workplace for all employees

On June 1, Council approved an expanded Occupational Health, Safety and Workplace Violence policy to ensure the town is compliant with provincial requirements that all workplaces establish workplace violence policy and procedures for reporting and investigating threats, incidents of violence and harassment against workers by June 15, 2010.

“The Town of Oakville is committed to providing and fostering a safe, healthy and respectful workplace for all our employees,” Mayor Burton said. “The town was a leader in Ontario in establishing the RZone program that created an environment of respect and responsibility at all our facilities, and our new workplace violence procedure will ensure that we make our workplaces even safer.”
 
The town’s new Occupational Health, Safety and Workplace Violence policy and Workplace Violence procedure specifically address threats or violence between employees and between employees and the public. It also protects employees from domestic violence if it enters the workplace. Other town policies already in place to promote a safe and healthy workplace include the RZone, Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Prevention, and Conflict Resolution.

The town is providing all employees with information on the new policy and procedure.  Mandatory training is underway for all employees, managers and Members of Council. Training for unionized employees started on June 6, 2010 and management training will take place later this month.

“The town considers any threat or act of personal harassment or violence a serious offence,” noted Elizabeth Bourns, director, Human Resources. “Our training will help managers, supervisors and employees understand the role we all play in preventing, identifying reporting and responding to workplace violence and harassment. Our goal is to create a healthy and safe workplace for everyone.”

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For more information contact:

Elizabeth Bourns
Director, Human Resources
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3244
ebourns@oakville.ca 

Jane Courtemanche
Director, Strategy, Policy and Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3038
jcourtemanche@oakville.ca


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