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Alberta Workplace Violence & Harassment
This is not an official source of information. It has been assembled as a
convenience to students for reference and further study. Some extracts from
official sources such as Regulations are provided. These are not guaranteed to
completely cover all the material available in the Regulations. URL’s of those
official sources are provided to allow the full text to be consulted.
For further information on this topic for Alberta, see:
Preventing workplace violence - WCB-Alberta
Alberta summary for “Violence in the Workplace”
Violence, whether at a work site or work related, means the threatened,
attempted or actual conduct of a person that causes or is likely to cause physical
A hazard assessment is required before work begins at a work site and this
assessment must include the possibility of injury to a worker from physical
violence as a potential hazard. The hazard assessment must be repeated at
reasonably practicable intervals to prevent the development of unsafe working
An employer must develop a policy and procedures respecting potential
workplace violence. These procedures must be in writing and made available to
the workers affected.
If a risk of workplace violence is identified during a hazard assessment, the
employer must take measures to eliminate, or if this is not reasonably
practicable, to control the hazard through the use of engineering or administrative
controls, or personal protective equipment or a combination of these.
An employer must ensure that workers are instructed in the following: how to
recognize workplace violence; the policy, procedures and workplace
arrangements that effectively minimize or eliminate workplace violence; the
appropriate response to workplace violence, including how to obtain assistance;
and procedures for reporting, investigating and documenting incidents of
An employer must investigate incidents of workplace violence, prepare a report
outlining the circumstances of each incident, that includes any corrective action
taken to prevent a recurrence, and have the report readily available for inspection
by an occupational health and safety officer who may carry out his/her own
investigation. The employer’s report must be in writing and available to workers
affected by it. In addition, an employer must ensure that a worker is advised to
consult a health professional of his/her choice for treatment or referral if the
worker reports an injury or adverse symptom resulting from workplace violence,
or is exposed to workplace violence.
The following is © 1995 - 2010 Government of Alberta.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE 2009
Part 27 Violence
389 Workplace violence is considered a hazard for the purposes of Part 2.
Policy and procedures
390 An employer must develop a policy and procedures respecting potential
Instruction of workers
391 An employer must ensure that workers are instructed in
(a) how to recognize workplace violence,
(b) the policy, procedures and workplace arrangements that effectively
minimize or eliminate workplace violence,
(c) the appropriate response to workplace violence, including how to
obtain assistance, and
(d) procedures for reporting, investigating and documenting incidents of
Response to incidents
392(1) Sections 18(3) to (6) and 19 of the Act apply to an incident of workplace
392(2) An employer must ensure that a worker is advised to consult a health
professional of the worker’s choice for treatment or referral if the worker
(a) reports an injury or adverse symptom resulting from workplace
(b) is exposed to workplace violence
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