DISCLAIMER: The material contained in this document is for information and reference purposes only and is not intended as legal or professional advice. The adoption of the practices described in this document may not meet all the needs, requirements, or obligations of individual workplaces.
|Recognize||Assess||Control||Monitor and Evaluate|
The second step in the process is to assess the risks of violence in your workplace. If your workplace has multiple worksites or locations, you should consider following the process outlined in this document for specific work locations (for example, a retail store in a mall) and jobs (for example, cashier).
Different workplaces may have different risks of workplace violence. However, there are some general approaches that can be used in most workplaces to assess risks, and these are outlined in this document and in the Toolbox. Your workplace may have additional risks of violence that are not addressed here, and you will need to consider these on an individual basis.
It is recommended that workers, supervisors, joint health and safety committees, health and safety representatives, and/or unions be involved in the assessment of the risks of workplace violence. The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires that employers advise the joint health and safety committee, health and safety representative, or workers of the results of the assessment.
The information you gathered in Step 1 will help you identify whether there are jobs or locations in which violent incidents have already occurred, how your workers feel about their safety at work, and whether there are higher risks of workplace violence in your workplace.
This information will also help you to decide if different jobs might require different assessments. For example, a company could have salespeople who are on the road for most of the week, as well as office staff.
Use the Policy, Program, and Training Review Tool in the Toolbox to help you review the policies, programs, measures, and procedures you have in place for workplace violence.
Check off the Yes and No columns to identify whether your workplace has the policies, programs, or training that are highlighted.
You may also use the Policy, Program, and Training Review Tool during Step 3, Controlling the Risks of Workplace Violence, when you are setting up your workplace violence policy and program.
The Workplace Violence Assessments document in the Toolbox has three parts:
|Complete the General Physical Environment Assessment||Complete the Risk Factor Selection Tool||If a specific risk exists in your workplace, complete the assessment for that specific risk|