Violence in the Workplace: Establish a Prevention Program

Workplace violence is a serious issue that affects all business sectors and occupations, as well as the safety and security of every worker and employer. It claims a high personal cost in the emotional trauma and physical injury experienced by victims, their families 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 and compensation costs.

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

Topics include:

  • defining the scope of workplace violence, including harassment
  • legal obligations
  • workplace violence prevention policies
  • 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 Centre 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 front-line supervisors and workers develop a clear understanding of what workplace violence is, what preventative measures can be taken and the importance of reporting incidents.



Delivery method

This is an e-learning course. All you need is a computer, access to the internet and you are ready to go! This e-learning course lets you learn at your own pace, in your own environment and at your convenience.

Review process

CCOHS courses are unique in that they are developed by subject specialists and are reviewed by employers and representatives from labour and government. This ensures that their content and approach are unbiased and credible.

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