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Safe at Work

Changes to Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act were enacted in an effort to strengthen protections for workers from workplace violence and address protections for workers from workplace harassment. They apply to all workplaces to which the act currently applies, whether the employer is an undergraduate or graduate student organization, an individual researcher/faculty member or the University itself.

The scope of the Act has been broadened to include harassing behaviors, the threat of violence, and domestic violence entering the workplace. Workers and employers have the same rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for violence prevention as they do for other hazards in the workplace.