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Prince Edward Island Workplace Violence and Harassment Laws

PEI bullying legislation requires a risk assessment to determine the potential for workplace violence. It does not include domestic violence as some other statues do, but does require a reporting mechanism.

Relevant Statutes:

Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.P.E.I. 1988, c.O-1.01 [‘OHSA’]; General Regulations, EC180/87 [‘GR’]

Websites:

OHSA: http://www.gov.pe.ca/law/statutes/pdf/o-01_01.pdf
GR: http://www.gov.pe.ca/law/regulations/pdf/O&1-01G.pdf
Department of Environment, Labour and Justice: http://www.gov.pe.ca/labour/index.php3?number=1017347&lang=E
Workers Compensation Board of PEI: http://www.wcb.pe.ca/
Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission: http://www.gov.pe.ca/humanrights/

Workplace Violence Definition:

The threatened, attempted or actual exercise of any physical force by a person other than a worker that can cause, or that causes, injury to a worker, and includes any threatening statement or behaviour that gives a worker reasonable cause to believe that he or she is at risk of injury. (GR. s. 52.1)

What is Needed to be Compliant:

• An assessment of the workplace to determine the risk of violence
• An incidence reporting mechanism
• Training in workplace safety, which includes situations such as harassment where the individual believes their safety is threatened.
• Incidence reporting that ensures lack of reprisals