Violence in the Workplace: Establish a Prevention Program

Workplace violence is a serious issue that affects all business sectors and occupations. It affects the safety and security of every employee and employer. It claims a high personal cost from the emotional trauma and physical injury experienced by the victims, their family and co-workers. It also brings a high cost to employers in terms of public image, increased absenteeism, lost productivity, high employee turnover, and increased insurance/compensation costs.

This course introduces managers, supervisors and employees to the key components of an effective workplace violence prevention program, providing them with knowledge and tools to take action to eliminate or minimize the potential for workplace violence.

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Topics include:

  • Defining the scope of workplace violence, including harassment
  • Legal obligations
  • Workplace violence prevention policy
  • Hazard assessment
  • Developing preventive measures
  • Reporting and investigating
  • Emergency response planning
  • Victim assistance
  • Incident follow-up
  • Training and education

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the complexity of workplace violence and harassment
  • Identify the components of a workplace violence prevention policy
  • Identify requirements for implementing and maintaining a workplace violence prevention program
  • Assess your workplace for violence hazards
  • Identify violence prevention measures
  • Identify incidents of workplace violence
  • Recognize workplace violence response procedures

Average time to complete this course is about 90 minutes.

Violence in the Workplace: Establish a Prevention Program was developed by the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and is delivered in partnership with WorkSafe Saskatchewan.

Target Audience
Managers, supervisors and workers involved in the development or implementation of a workplace violence prevention policy.

The related course Violence in the Workplace: Recognize the Risk and Take Action helps frontline supervisors and workers develop a clear understanding of what workplace violence is, what preventive measures can be taken and the importance of reporting incidents.


Delivery Method
This course is delivered as an online e-learning course. All you need is a computer, access to the Internet – and you are ready to go! This e-learning course is designed to help you learn at your own pace and in your own environment at your own convenience.