Workplace Violence

Mohawk College will not tolerate acts of violence and will take steps to minimize the risk of violence and ensure appropriate measures are in place to protect against workplace violence.

Acts of violence may result in disciplinary action, including possible suspension, termination, the issuing of a Notice of Trespass and/or the filing of criminal charges.

Workplace violence is defined as:

  • the exercise of physical force by a person against a worker, in a workplace, that causes or could cause physical injury to a worker
    [e.g. punching, kicking, hitting, pushing, physical assault, sexual assault]
  • an attempt to exercise physical force against a worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker
    [e.g. raising a fist, taking a swing, throwing an object]
  • a statement or behaviour that is reasonable for a worker to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker
    [e.g. written or verbal threat; stalking]

Mohawk's workplace violence prevention program involves:

  • Risk assessments and controlling those risks
  • Summoning immediate assistance
  • Reporting and investigating incidents or complaints of workplace violence
  • Employee training