Crossbridge is committed to the prevention of workplace violence and is ultimately responsible for worker health and safety. We will take whatever steps are reasonable to protect our workers from workplace violence from all sources. The Occupational Health and Safety Act [Section 1. (1) Definitions] defines workplace violence as the exercise of physical force by a person against a worker, in a workplace, that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker. It also includes an:
- attempt to exercise physical force against a worker in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker;
- statement or behaviour that a worker could reasonably interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker
Crossbridge will not tolerate any acts of workplace violence. Any employee found to have contravened this policy will face serious disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment for cause, without notice or other obligation. No talk of violence that may be considered threatening or joking about violence will be tolerated and may give rise to disciplinary action. Crossbridge will also report to the police anyone who commits a criminal offence on or in relation to Company property or to its employees in relation to their duties. Each employee is responsible for ensuring that the work environment is free from any form of violence.
Crossbridge’s workplace violence program implements this policy. It includes measures and procedures to protect workers from workplace violence, a means of summoning immediate assistance and a process for workers to report incidents, or raise concerns. Crossbridge as the employer will ensure this policy and the supporting program are implemented and maintained and that all workers and supervisors have the appropriate information and instruction to protect them from violence in the workplace.
Supervisors will adhere to this policy and the supporting program. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that measures and procedures are followed by workers and that workers have the information they need to protect themselves.
Every worker must work in compliance with this policy and the supporting program. All workers are encouraged to raise any concerns about workplace violence and to report any violent incidents or threats. Management pledges to investigate and deal with all incidents and complaints of workplace violence in a fair and timely manner, respecting the privacy of all concerned as much as possible. The information on how to report violent incidents and the way incidents and complaints will be investigated and/or dealt with is explained in the workplace violence program. Employees who, in good faith, report what they believe to be workplace violence or who cooperate in any investigation will not be subjected to retaliation or reprisal.