Violence in the Workplace: Recognize the Risk and Take Action

Wherever people interact at work there is a potential for violence, regardless of the job. This course helps front-line supervisors, workers and anyone with an interest in workplace safety to develop a clear understanding of workplace violence, the consequences and preventative measures that can be taken.

Topics include:

  • Defining the scope of workplace violence, including harassment.
  • Risk factors for workplace violence.
  • Why workplace violence is an important issue.
  • How to reduce the risks of workplace violence.
  • Preventative measures.
  • What to do when you’re involved in an incident of workplace violence.
  • Legal responsibilities of employers to prevent workplace violence.

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • Understand the complexity of workplace violence and harassment.
  • Be able to identify incidents of workplace violence.
  • Know which occupations and jobs have the potential for more violence.
  • Understand why workplace violence is such an important issue.
  • Know what to do if you are involved in or witness a violent situation.
  • Understand what employers should do in respect to workplace violence, including their legal responsibilities.

Average time to complete this course is about one hour.

Violence in the Workplace: Recognize the Risk and Take Action was developed by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and is delivered in partnership with WorkSafe Saskatchewan.

Target audience

This course is designed for front-line supervisors and workers.

If you need to develop and implement a workplace violence prevention program in your organization, see Violence in the Workplace: Establish a Prevention Program.



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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