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					                                       Safe Workplace Policy

Nipissing University Policy on Safety in the Workplace

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this Policy is to outline the University’s commitment to the prevention of violence in the
workplace. Although workplace violence is rare at Nipissing, no workplace is immune to such
behaviour. Nipissing University recognizes that violence is an occupational health and safety hazard
and that we must maintain a workplace that is violence-free as required by the Occupational Health
& Safety Act. This Policy formally establishes this commitment, which we implement through our safe
workplace program. All members of the University community, including faculty, staff, students, visitors,
contractors and volunteers, are responsible for the creation and maintenance of a safe environment.


This Policy applies to all employees (including employed students) at Nipissing University, contractors,
volunteers, students and visitors.


What is Workplace Violence?

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, “workplace violence” is defined as:

  A) The exercise of physical force by a person against a worker, in a workplace, that causes or could
     cause physical injury to the worker;

  B) An attempt to exercise physical force against a worker, in a workplace, that could cause
     physical injury to the worker;

  C) 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.

Workplace violence includes domestic violence that could cause physical injury to a worker in a

Policy Statement

All acts of workplace violence at Nipissing University are strictly prohibited. Every worker (employee)
must work in compliance with this Policy and the supporting Safe Workplace Program. Supervisors are
responsible for ensuring that necessary measures and procedures are followed by workers
(employees) and that workers (employees) have the information they need to protect themselves.

Bill 168-OHSA                                                                   Revised Jan 3/2011
Nipissing University will hold employees, students and visitors accountable by imposing discipline and
other sanctions, up to and including discharge, expulsion and/or trespass notices. In doing so,
Nipissing University will act in accordance with the rights and obligations that are established by Board
Policy, University Policy, Senate Bylaws and collective agreements. Nipissing University may also initiate
criminal or civil proceedings against individuals who engage in workplace violence.

Procedure for Reporting Actual or Potential Incidents of Workplace Violence/Threatening Behaviour

Faculty, staff, students and visitors are expected to report incidents of violence/threatening behaviour
as soon as possible. Such reporting may assist in identifying patterns of potential violence and could
assist in the prevention of emergency situations in the future.

If confronted by violent behaviour, one should:

  1) Report Emergencies

     Threats of violence, physical attacks or other violent incidents that require immediate response
     should be reported to 911. In addition, on–campus Security Services should be notified. In North
     Bay on-campus Security can be reached at 498-7244. In Brantford on-campus Security can be
     reached at 519-756-8228 ext. 5762. At the Muskoka-Bracebridge campus, call 911 directly.

     Callers should be prepared to provide critical information including the nature of the incident,
     whether emergency attention is required, the number of perpetrators involved and whether they
     are present, whether weapons are observed, etc.

  2) Report Non-Emergencies

     Threatening statements or behaviours that give one reasonable grounds to believe that there is
     a potential for workplace violence must also be reported. All such circumstances should be
     reported to the Supervisor, Chair, Director and/or Dean responsible for the department involved
     or to any member of the Safe Campus Evaluation and Assessment Team (SCEAT). Current
     members of the SCEAT are listed in Appendix A (attached). The details surrounding the situation
     will be evaluated by any or all of these parties and a decision made regarding further
     investigation or the initiation of an appropriate response.

Procedure for Investigation

All reports of violent incidents or potential incidents will be taken seriously. The form of the investigation
will depend on the circumstances and may involve Campus Security, the Faculty or department
where the incident occurs and, as appropriate, external law enforcement agencies.

The University will ensure that notice of actions taken to prevent recurrence of an incident of violence
is provided to all employees affected by the incident and to the Joint Health & Safety Committee

Information Sessions/Training

This Policy will be distributed widely within the University community.

On a regular basis, information sessions on workplace safety and the prevention of violent or
threatening behaviour will be provided by the Human Resources Department. Requests for information
sessions can be made to the Human Resources Department.

The University commits to providing on-going training to designated members of the University

Bill 168-OHSA                                                                      Revised Jan 3/2011

This Policy will be maintained on an ongoing basis, and reviewed at least annually. If you have
questions about this Policy, please contact any of the following:

     Human Rights/Human Resources Advisor                   474-3450, ext 4668

     Manager, Environmental Health & Safety                 474-3450, ext 4811

     Director, Human Resources and Employee Relations       474-3450, ext 4497

Please do not ignore threatening or violent behaviour. If you witness or experience violence or threats
of violence, or if you feel that a colleague, student or visitor is likely to become violent, report the
situation to a supervisor, a person in authority, Campus Security or any member of the Safe Campus
Evaluation and Assessment Team (SCEAT). If in doubt, please report any incidents that give you

Signed: original signed by Lesley Lovett-Doust                      Date: Sept 20/2010
        President and Vice-Chancellor
        Nipissing University

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Appendix A

Current members of the Safe Campus Evaluation and Assessment Team (SCEAT) are as follows (effective date September 2010):

                                                       Phone Extension   Email                          Office #

Chief Operating Officer                                     4353             A127
(Co-Chair) Bob Keech

Director, Human Resources and Employee Relations            4497          A218
(Co-Chair) Cheryl Sutton

Dean of Arts & Science                                      4290           F207
Craig Cooper

Dean of Applied & Professional Studies                      4666             F207
Rick Vanderlee

Associate Vice-President, Academic and Research,            4565          F306
Dean, Schulich School of Education
Sharon Rich

Vice-Dean, Schulich School of Education, Director of        4268            F201
the School of Physical and Health Education
Jim McAuliffe

Manager, Environmental Health & Safety                      4811            A218E
Jeff Landry

Director of Student Development and Success                 4493             A201E
(Ex-officio) Dan Pletzer

Campus Security Services                                    5505    B203
Rick Guy

Bill 168-OHSA                                                            Revised Jan 3/2011

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