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Ontario Moving Forward with Recommendations to Prevent Workplace Violence

Ontario continues to enhance safety for health care professionals at work by implementing recommendations from the Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care Report, released today. 

Due to the nature of their work, health care workers, including nurses and doctors, face a number of workplace hazards such as exposure to infectious diseases, ergonomic hazards, slips, trips and falls, as well as violence.

“Violence can’t be tolerated in any workplace.  As a nurse with three decades of experience working in Ontario, I support our government moving forward with recommendations to improve safety for my fellow health care workers,” said Cambridge MPP Kathryn McGarry, RN.

Ontario's Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care Leadership Table endorsed 23 recommendations and outlined further practical steps needed to make hospitals safer, reduce incidents of workplace violence in hospitals and across the health sector and change attitudes around safety for health care workers.

Ontario is making progress on a number of these recommendations, including:

  • Developing resources and supports to help hospitals create a psychologically safe and healthy workplace based on the Canadian Standards Association
  • Creating a campaign aimed at increasing awareness and preventing workplace violence amongst health care professionals, including nurses
  • Increasing supports for patients with known aggressive or violent behaviours
  • Creating reliable reporting systems for workplace violence incidents
  • Posting information about all government fines against employers in health care under $50,000

The Leadership Table will continue to work on recommendations to help prevent violence against all hospital workers and the broader health care sector.

"Violence cannot be tolerated in our workplaces. The workplace violence progress report is a step in the right direction to prevent violence in health care. I look forward to the continued development of practical solutions to ensure health care workers and our patients are safe,” said Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, President, Ontario Nurses' Association.

Protecting the health and safety of health care professionals is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. 

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario’s Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care Leadership Table brought together key stakeholders and experts, including patient advocates, to help develop the recommendations in this report focused on preventing violence against nurses.
  • Since 2003, Ontario’s annual rate of workplace injuries has dropped by more than 50 per cent, making the province’s workplaces the safest in Canada and among the safest in the world.
  • The health care sector represents 11.7 per cent of Ontario’s labour market and is the largest sector impacted by violence in the workplace.
  • Violence claims make up 11 per cent of the lost-time injuries in hospitals.

 

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