Workplace Violence and SUN Members:
Violence is defined as “the attempted, threatened or actual conduct of a person that causes or is likely to cause injury, and includes any threatening statement or behaviour that gives a worker reasonable cause to believe that the worker is at risk of injury.”
By law, health care employers must develop, implement, and review at least every 3 years, a comprehensive written policy statement and prevention plan to deal with violence, in consultation with OH & S committees, union representatives, and workers themselves.
Violence policies and plans must include:
- The employer’s commitment to minimize or eliminate risk;
- The identification of worksites and staff positions for which there is a history or risk of violence;
- The actions the employer will take to minimize or eliminate the risk of violence;
- Procedures for documenting, reporting and investigating violent incidents; and
- A commitment to provide a training program for workers to recognize potentially violent situations and to follow the procedures, work practices, administrative arrangements and controls that have been developed to minimize or eliminate risk.
Where a worker receives treatment or counselling or attends an employer training program, this attendance shall be credited as time at work without loss of pay or benefits.
If you have experienced a violent incident at work:
- Seek medical attention if required. If you need to leave your work area, inform your supervisor.
- Notify your supervisor or manager about all incidents, even if there was no injury.
- Report the incident as soon as possible using the incident reporting process for your workplace.
- If you are injured, complete a Worker’s Initial Report of Injury (W1) either online (wcbsask.com) or over the phone (1.800.787.9288) as soon as possible.
- Contact the Employee & Family Assistance Plan for counseling support, either online (worklifehealth.com) or by phone (1.866.833.7690).
- Tell your SUN representative on the Joint OH & S Committee and participate in any investigation.
- Ask to attend workplace violence training.
- Talk to your manager or supervisor about critical incident debriefing for traumatic incidents.
Registered nurses have the right to work and practice in an environment that is free from any form of violence and where violence is not tolerated as a part of their job. Every workplace must cultivate a culture of safety and respect based on the shared responsibility of all health care stakeholders.
What To Do If You Have Experienced A Violent Incident
- Poster - Print off and post on your workplace bulletin board (8.5 x 11)
- Pocket Card - A handy resource card that fits in your pocket (4 x6)