Ontario is continuing 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.
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.