Measures and procedures to control the risks of workplace violence
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School boards are required to establish measures and procedures in the violence program to control the risks identified in the assessment and reassessment. If the risk of workplace violence cannot be eliminated, a combination of intervention/control methods should be considered to reduce the risk of workplace violence. It is also important to ensure that when a control is introduced, a new risk is not created.
Measures and procedures may include but may not be limited to:
- physical environment controls such as ensuring good lighting, improving sightlines by removing barriers, securing moveable objects, reducing noise when possible, and consider providing a quiet place
- work practices such as local workers response teams to address immediate needs, putting in place measures for workers working alone, and following the Provincial Model for a Local Police/School Board Protocol
- developing and/or updating student safety plans
- ensuring measures and procedures for student transitions, including, for example, ensuring that relevant information from the student safety plans are made available to workers as appropriate (refer to OHSA s. 32.0.5(2))
- using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when required; and
- violence prevention classroom audits.
The measures and procedures to control workplace violence risks will be more effective if their development is based on local workplace circumstances, student needs, and collaboration and consultation with the JHSC, MJHSC, and/or the health and safety representative and workers.