It is our right work in an environment that is free from all forms and sources of violence/harassment. Employers must strive to eliminate the risks of violence/harassment. Our members face violence and harassment in all sectors, whether it is in a hospital emergency room, a psychiatric setting, a geriatric facility or nurses who work in the community visiting clients. Harassment is not acceptable and such behaviour can escalate and has escalated to violence.
It is not “part of the job” to be physically or verbally abused by patients, residents, clients, the public or other employees. Don’t put up with it.
If you are in danger, call the police. ONA is there to protect you and to help you find the right resources.
ONA Guidance and Resources
The resources, information and directives that ONA has produced will help you deal with violence and harassment in your workplace.
Joint Health & Safety Committee Resources
Your safety committee/co-chair has the power to write recommendations to your employer and your employer has to respond in writing within 21 days. Tailor the templates below to help you to get started.
Access Now: Tools for Joint Health and Safety Committees (including JHSC Responsibilities, Security Guard Checklist, Violence Data Form and much more).
Ministry of Labour
There are specific sections in the Occupational Health and Safety Act related to workplace violence and harassment. The Ministry of Labour can inspect workplaces or investigate complaints, injuries or accidents with a view to determine compliance with health and safety law.
When inspectors find violations, they can lay charges and prosecute offenders or issue orders. Consult with your ONA bargaining unit leadership and Labour Relations Officer for help, but if danger is imminent, call the police and call your local Ministry of Labour office and use the resources on this page to help you address issues in your workplace.
Ministry of Labour – Workplace Violence and Harassment: Understanding the Law
Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) – Personal Safety Response System (PSRS) Toolkit
Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) – Violence, Aggression and Responsive Behaviour (VARB) Project
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) – Mental Injuries Tools for Ontario Workers
Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) – Fact Sheet: Domestic Violence
Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) – Fact Sheet: Workplace Bullying