The first step to create a workplace violence program is the assessment-not the policies and procedures
London, Ontario (PRWEB) April 28, 2010
A workplace violence assessment tool has been released by corporate security services firm, SECURaGLOBE Solutions Inc., professionals in Risk Assessment and Corporate Security has released a new tool in response to the confusion and uncertainty surrounding the new bill and its mandatory compliance.
Fearing that Ontarians are not informing themselves of the vast implications of the act, and thus are not taking the actionable tasks required to comply with the law before June 15, 2010; SECURaGLOBE releases a new assessment tool.
"Many organization do not understand that they are required to take explicit steps including doing SITE SPECIFIC ASSESSMENTS of each workplace to be compliant with the new legislation. Simply developing a workplace violence policy without a site specific assessment will not cut it" said Rene Beaulieu, President of SECURaGLOBE Solutions, a corporate security services firm. Rene Beaulieu continues to explain, "That means every coffee shop, gas station, big box retailer, or manufacturer regardless of size, every employer must assess the risk of workplace violence that may arise from that specific workplace site and deliver the results of the assessment to the health and safety representative or workers".
"The first step to create a workplace violence program is the assessment-not the policies and procedures," explained Warren Leonhard, Certified Protection Professional and experienced Risk Assessor for SECURaGLOBE. "Factors such as layout & design of the workplace, geographic location of the workplace, and the nature of the workplace, such as work conditions and activities that may increase the risk of workplace violence must be identified and addressed."
Furthermore as stated by Rene Beaulieu, "The Ministry of Labour makes it clear that simple circumstances such as handling cash, public or community contact, working with unstable or volatile people, working alone or working late nights or early mornings, may increase the risk of workplace violence." Mr. Beaulieu concluded, "When you consider that corporation fines may reach a maximum of $500,000 per Part IX of the legislation, ultimately, every business in the province should pay attention!"
The Occupational Health and Safety Branch of the Ministry of Labour recently released, "Workplace Violence and Harassment: Understanding the Law" a Health and Safety Guideline which states:
Can one assessment be done for multiple workplaces?
1. An assessment of the risks of workplace violence should b e specific to the workplace.
2. A similar type of work may be performed in multiple locations. However, the assessment must take into account the nature of the workplace and conditions of work. Each location should be assessed for its own unique risks of workplace violence in addition to the common risks.
3. For example, a company may operate many retail stores, all providing the same services. However, each store would have a unique location, surroundings and clientele, etc. In addition, the stores may have different interior physical layouts, equipment or hours of operation.
4. So, even though the risks of workplace violence for the services provided may be similar, each store may have different risks specific to its particular location.
SECURaGLOBE Solutions, having conducted Risk Assessments on behalf of various government ministries, has had firsthand experience with respect to corporate security services and the tasks required to comply with the new legislation, and offers a new workplace violence assessment tool to place organizations on the right track. Security-conscience and preventative in nature, this new tool takes recognized best security practices and organizes your assessment to identify risks which are unique to your workplace.
To alleviate uncertainty, SECURaGLOBE has constructed a comprehensive program which provides step-by-step elements and "coaches" you through the entire process. Visit Securaglobe's workplace violence resource website to gain practical insight on creating a workplace violence program.
About SECURaGLOBE Solutions, Inc.
SECURaGLOBE Solutions, Inc. is an innovative corporate security services solutions company with headquarters in Canada and the United States. Established in 2001, SECURaGLOBE has provided security solutions to businesses, law firms, celebrities and government agencies all over the world.
Today, SECURaGLOBE employs Certified Protection Professionals, Certified Fraud Examiners and Investigative experts who cover the entire security spectrum from investigations, labor contingency, guarding, fraud, forensics and training to electronic security measures. Our security solutions will help reduce your organization's risk vulnerability and lower costs by assessing and evaluating your security needs through contingency planning and rapid recovery of potential losses.
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