Harassment & Violence Prevention
Support for a positive culture in Yukon workplaces
The Violence and Harassment Prevention Regulation will come into effect on September 4, 2021.
The Government of Yukon has approved a new regulation aimed at preventing violence and harassment, two serious workplace hazards. The regulation will help to foster a positive culture in the workplace as well as physical and psychological safety for Yukon workers. Enhancements to the existing regulations about hazard assessment have also been approved, making them clearer and easier to understand.
Harassment and violence in the workplace have far-reaching effects on the health and well-being of workers as well as on their job stability and job satisfaction. Harassment and violence may also have an impact on the overall economy resulting from costs associated with absenteeism, lost productivity, and job turnover.
The following checklists may be useful for orientation or training purposes.
Workplace roles and responsibilities checklist an overview of workers’, supervisors’ and employers’ roles and responsibilities to prevent workplace violence and harassment.
Due diligence to prevent workplace violence and harassment checklist an overview of the steps to demonstrate due diligence when planning to prevent workplace violence and harassment
Information, Training, Legislation:
Hazard assessment on YWCHSB’s website.
- Employment Standards Act and Regulations
- Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
- Violence and harassment fact sheets, courses, podcasts, publications
- Healthy Minds at Work information and resources for employers and workers
- Recognizing psychological health and safety hazards includes the national standard
- MDSC Workplace Mental Health is a recommended & free book (click on the book to download)
- Yukon Human Rights Commission
This is not an exhaustive list of local supports for Yukoners experiencing violence and harassment in the workplace. Please check out other resources such as counsellors and employee assistance programs.
- Canadian Mental Health Association—Yukon: 867-668-6429, Facebook
- Crisis Centre: online chat for adults and Youth in BC: online chat for youth (BC and Yukon)
- KDFN Health Centre Counselling Services, Kwanlin Dün First Nation: 867-668-7289
- Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services, Yukon government: 867-456-3838, toll free: 1-866-456-3838
- Sexualized Assault Response Team, Yukon government: 1-844-967-7275
- Victim Services, Yukon government: 867-667-8500, toll free: 1-800-661-0408 extension 8500
- Yukon Human Rights Commission: 867-667-6226, toll free: 1-800-661-0535
- Complete a hazard assessment
- Create policies and procedures
- Training and communication
- Implement, evaluate, and adjust
Step 1: Complete a Harassment & Violence Hazard Assessment of your workplace
The following three sample forms will help to get you started with identifying hazards and managing risks:
- To identify hazards a person could be exposed to from a newly implemented (or amended) process or equipment.
- Can be rewritten to create site-specific procedures and practices, which can then be added to a company’s programming for workers to reference in the future.
- To look broadly at the hazards a person could be exposed to while at a worksite or on a project.
- Can be used as a planning document for other aspects of a safety management system such as identifying missing procedures, information to include in orientations and work scheduling.
- To identify hazards a person could be exposed to at a specific time, based on the conditions and activities present at that time.
- For worksites where the conditions and activities may change on a daily or hourly basis.
Source – YWCHSB – Hazard Assessment
Step 2: Create Policies & Procedures
Violence and harassment are hazards in any workplace, so all employers need a written policy and procedures that say what everyone in the workplace must do to prevent these hazards from causing harm.
Policy and procedures Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Template are available from YWCHSB to help workplaces develop statements that meet the requirements of the Regulations.
Step 3: Train & Communicate
Employers have to train workers about hazards, the violence and harassment prevention policy and procedures, and how to respond to incidents and injuries. Document this training by keeping records of when the training happened, who attended and what was taught.
Step 4: Implement
Employers need to check if their policy and procedures are working by:
- Checking that workers know what to do.
- Checking if workers are doing what is expected of them.
- Finally, employers will want to know if any changes could be made to help workers better understand the policy and procedures.
Ongoing and effective planning, implementing checking and updating of prevention measures help to keep workplaces healthy and safe.
Source – YWCHSB – Workplace Violence and Harassment Prevention Guide
Workplace Harassment and Violence Event Report and Investigation Tools:
The Yukon Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB) has developed an investigation report template below:
These additional resources may also be helpful:
- Employee Workplace Violence Event Report Form and Investigation Tool. Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA)
- Statement of Work - Work Place Harassment and Violence Investigations - 2021-3. Appendix 1 Investigator Written Report Template. National Joint Council (NJC) (Note: Template designed to comply with federal Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations)
- Violence & Harassment Reporting Form. (see pages 4 – 8) Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS)
- Investigation Guide for the Policy on Harassment Prevention and Resolution and Directive on the Harassment Complaint Process. Government of Canada. (Note: Guide pertains to the federal public service but contains useful general information about conducting an investigation.)