Violence in the Workplace

If you require immediate assistance with a potential targeted threat of violence, call 911 if needed, then contact the BC Public Service Agency 24-hour emergency safety line at 1 250 952-0911.

WorkSafeBC defines violence as, the attempted or actual exercise by a person, other than a worker, of any physical force so as to cause injury to a worker, and includes any threatening statement or behaviour which gives a worker reasonable cause to believe that he or she is at risk of injury.

Workplace Conduct refers to violence or bullying by another worker.

Most people think of violence as a physical assault, however workplace violence includes threats, verbal abuse and intimidation. All staff play a vital role in violence prevention by following safe work procedures, reporting incidents and assisting with risk assessments or investigations.

Employees may require training in

  • Workplace specific violence prevention procedures such as de-escalation.
  • Response to violence incidents
  • Reporting violent incidents

Learn more about safety training.

All violent or potentially violent incidents require an investigation and follow up.

The violence prevention program should be reviewed regularly to ensure effectiveness. The risk assessment and prevention program must also include consultation with employees and the Joint Occupational Safety and Health Committee. Contact AskMyHR for assistance with creating your workplace violence prevention program.

Enrol in Violence in the Workplace training courses.

Targeted Threat of Violence & Threat Assessment

There may be times that you, your staff or your workplace are faced with a possible targeted threat of violence, either internal or external. This threat may come to your attention through

  • A call from an employee, client or other party identifying an incident
  • A discipline/termination process
  • A direct threat to yourself by another person

The BC Public Service Agency and the Government Security Office, Risk Management Branch, has developed a comprehensive program to manage internal or external threats of violence targeting employees and public service workplaces. Together, we offer a confidential threat assessment service to determine the level and nature of threat posed by an individual or group, and provided strategies to help manage the risk.