Harassment and violence in the workplace- general overview
Did you know Harassment and violence are defined as workplace hazards in the updated Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act.
Employers are required to help prevent workplace harassment and violence and address incidents when they do occur.
With these new rules, you are required to: define workplace harassment and violence in all forms, including domestic and sexual violence. Employers are required to investigate incidents of violence and harassment and take corrective action. Employers are required to develop separate violence and harassment prevention plans and review these plans at least once every 3 years. Lastly, employers are required to advise workers of treatment options if harmed by violence or harassment; workers are entitled to wages and benefits while attending treatment programs.
Remember No one comes to work to be harassed or abused and there is zero tolerance for these behaviours.