The Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB) is launching an outreach campaign to inform Yukon workplaces about the requirements in the Violence and Harassment Prevention Regulation. The Regulation will come into force in September.
The outreach campaign includes educational sessions and a variety of written support materials, available free of charge. Employers, supervisors and workers participating in the educational sessions will learn about the Regulation, what workplace violence and harassment means, as well as the roles and responsibilities described in the Regulation. The sessions will be offered from March until August, 2021.
Register for an educational session or download written materials by going to the YWCHSB website.
Every employer, supervisor and worker should have a common understanding about what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour at work. As a result, anyone who is experiencing, or who sees others experiencing, violence or harassment will know what to do to address the violent situation or make a report of harassment.
– President/CEO YWCHSB Kurt Dieckmann
- The Government of Yukon approved the Violence and Harassment Prevention Regulation in September 2020. It will come into force on September 4, 2021.
- The Regulation aims to help prevent psychological injury and improve safety culture in the workplace. It provides the minimum requirements employers must take to prevent violence and harassment in their workplaces.
- The Regulation will require employers to have a written prevention policy, procedures and employee training in place.
- The Occupational Health and Safety Act already states that employers and workers are responsible for the health and safety of workplaces.
- Preventing workplace violence and harassment can lead to improved productivity and efficiency, cost savings and reduced absenteeism.
Communications, Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board