4000-3-4Accessing & Addressing Violence

Responsible Executive:
Vice-President, Finance & Administration
Director, Facilities Management
Issue Date:
March 11, 2020
Supersedes Date:
October 16, 2008
Replaces:
Former policy titled Personal Safety Security Threats
Last Review:
March 11, 2020
Last Revision:
February 28, 2020

Upon request, the college will provide a copy of this policy in an alternate format.

Policy

Lambton College will not tolerate any form of workplace violence or any situation that places a member of the College community in a position that may jeopardize their personal safety on College property or during any College activity.

All individuals are responsible for maintaining, promoting, and contributing to a safe work and educational environment.

  1. The College will assess, and reassess as often as is necessary, the risks of workplace violence which may arise from the nature of the workplace, the type of work or the conditions of work.
    1. The College will establish measures and procedures to control the risks identified in the assessment.
    2. The College will advise the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee, or Health and Safety Representative, if any, of the results of the assessment, and provide a copy if the assessment is in writing.
  2. The College will ensure measures and procedures for summoning immediate assistance when an act of workplace violence occurs or is likely to occur.
  3. The College will ensure measures and procedures for reporting incidents of workplace violence.
  4. The College will investigate and deal with incidents or complaints of workplace violence quickly, fairly, and effectively.
  5. If the College becomes aware, or ought reasonably to be aware, that domestic violence that would likely expose an employee to physical injury may occur in the workplace, the College will take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of the worker.
  6. The College will provide information and instruction regarding workplace violence.

Confidentiality

  1. Lambton College has a duty to provide personal information related to a risk of workplace violence from a person with a history of violent behaviour if:
    1. The worker can be expected to encounter that person in the course of their work, and
    2. The risk of workplace violence is likely to expose the worker to physical injury
  2. The College shall not disclose more personal information in the circumstances than is reasonably necessary to protect the worker from physical injury.

Sanctions

  1. Documented and substantiated situations of workplace violence may result in disciplinary action according to the Employee Discipline Policy, Students Rights and Responsibilities and Discipline Policy, other appropriate College policies, or through police action.
  2. Where a person believes that their personal safety may be at risk, the College reserves the right to issue a Notice of Trespass, during and at the conclusion of any investigation and/or resolution, to an individual(s) alleged to have committed an act of workplace violence.
  3. All employees and students of the College community are required to participate in College proceedings related to this policy as part of their contractual obligation with the College and are encouraged to participate in any criminal investigation/proceeding conducted by the police and courts. However, it does not preclude the right of the College or an individual to seek other legal options.
  4. It is understood, that the College and all members of the College community may continue to exercise their pre-existing legal rights without recourse to this policy.

Definitions

Workplace Violence
  • the exercise of physical force by a person against a worker, in a workplace, that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker;
  • an attempt to exercise physical force against a worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker;
  • a statement or behaviour that it 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.

Procedures

For emergency assistance, contact College Emergency Services (x 3333) or 9-1-1.

Employees

  1. Reporting Workplace Violence
    1. Employees will report any threats, attempts or exercised acts of workplace violence that place themselves or any other member of the college community in an unsafe situation to security and their supervisor and submit an incident report form
  2. Resolution Process
    1. The Director, People & Organizational Development or designate will investigate the complaint and provide the employee member with a report of their investigation within two weeks of receiving the initial complaint. If additional actions are necessary, the Director, People & Organizational Development or designate will update the complainant as the complaint process develops.

Students

  1. Reporting Violence
    1. Students must report any threats, attempts or exercised acts of violence that place themselves or any other member of the College community in an unsafe situation to their instructor, Registrar or the Dean and submit an incident report form
  2. Students on Placement
    1. Students on co-op or field placement, practicum, clinical experience, etc. that require workplace experience must report threats, attempts or exercised acts of violence that placed themselves or any other member of the community in an unsafe situation to their employer, co-op consultant, supervising faculty member, or program coordinator accordingly. Students employed by or placed at Lambton College are considered employees of Lambton College and must also follow employee reporting requirements.
  3. Resolution Process
    1. The Dean or Registrar will investigate the complaint and provide the student with a report of their investigation within two weeks of receiving the initial complaint. If additional actions are necessary, the Dean or Registrar will update the complainant as the complaint process develops.

Contractors & Members of the Public

  1. Reporting Violence
    1. Contractors and members of the public must report any threats, attempts or exercised acts of violence that place themselves or any other member of the College community in an unsafe situation to security or Facilities Management.
  2. Resolution
    1. The Director, Facilities Management or designate will investigate the complaint and provide the individual complainant with a report of their investigation within two weeks of receiving the initial complaint. If additional actions are necessary, the Director, Facilities Management or designate will update the complainant as the complaint process develops.

Emergency Procedures

Incidents of Violence causing Injury

First Person at the Scene

  • Call 911 or send another person to call
  • Contact immediately College Emergency Services at x 3333
  • Apply first aid as appropriate
  • Take charge of the scene until College Emergency Services or Emergency Medical Services arrive
  • Take measures to prevent others from being exposed to the hazards involved in the incident

College Emergency Services

  • Take control of the accident scene from the first person on the scene
  • Take measures to ensure others will not be exposed to hazards involved in the incident
  • Assess the level of injury and ensure Emergency Medical Services has been notified, as appropriate
  • Control access to the accident scene and ensure potential evidence is not contaminated, and contact the Director of Facilities Management, Health, Safety & Environmental Coordinator and report details of the incident once assessment is complete, in the event of a fatal or critical injury
  • Canvass for potential witnesses
  • Escort responding Emergency Medical Services to the scene

Active Attacker Procedures

If you are in a situation where there is an Active Attacker, take the following actions:

  1. Get Out (Evacuate)
    1. If it can be done safely, exit the building immediately - if others agree to follow, evacuate regardless of whether it is safe to do so
    2. Notify anyone you encounter to exit the building
    3. When a safe location has been reached, call 911 or x 3333
    4. Leave your belongings; have an escape route in mind; and do not pull the fire alarm
  2. Hide (Lockdown)
    1. If evacuation is not possible, follow the lockdown procedures - go to the nearest classroom/office, close and lock or barricade the door
    2. Turn off lights and keep away from doors and windows
    3. Hide under desks or other furniture and stay quiet
    4. Silence cell phones and do not answer the door
    5. Listen for announcement from the emergency voice communication system and follow instruction
    6. If the fire alarm sounds while in lockdown, remain in lockdown as long as there is no sign of smoke or fire
    7. Wait for law enforcement to escort you from the building
  3. Fight (Take Action)
    1. If left with no other option and only when your life is in imminent danger, fight back to incapacitate the attacker
    2. Enlist others in the room to help

References

  • Occupational Health & Safety Act
  • Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
  • Criminal Code of Canada

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