Violent acts including assaults and threats are not uncommon in the workplace and cause a substantial risk of physical or emotional harm to employees and employers. Violent acts or threats that occur in or are related to the workplace are known as workplace violence. Workplace violence is a growing concern for employers and employees nationwide. Healthcare workers, in particular, have faced a major risk of workplace violence for many years. The Canadian Centre of Occupational Health and Safety, or CCOHS, is governed by a tripartite Council which represents government, employers, and employees to ensure a balanced approach to workplace health and safety issues. At a provincial level, occupational health and safety legislation specifically addresses laws related to workplace violence. In Ontario, for example, Bill 168 strengthens protection for workers by clearly defining workplace violence and harassment, as well as describing employer responsibilities. Your employer is required to have policies that help you prepare for and protect yourself against workplace violence. While not every incident of workplace violence can be prevented, these policies help reduce the severity of injuries sustained by staff members. In this course, you will learn how to identify and protect yourself from violence in the workplace and, whenever possible, prevent it, as well as the steps to take following an incident of workplace violence.