Workplace safety applies to your physical and mental safety in the workplace. ETFO's position is that all members are to be free from physical and verbal abuse from parents and /or students. The Board’s responsibility is to support and protect the teacher.
Workplace Violence: Workers from the public service sector are in high-risk occupations for violence in the workplace. For education workers, violence at work - even violence from students - is not a required part of the job. It is a health and safety hazard that must be addressed. Despite ETFO's strong focus on violence prevention programs for students and policies and procedures in schools, violence against education workers continues. The health effects of violence are numerous. Physical attacks may involve acute injuries such as bruises, lacerations, broken bones, and even death. The psychological effects of violence, such as verbal threats or harassment, are less visible, but can still cause serious harm. Victims may feel anger, fear, anxiety, low self-esteem, and depression. They may struggle with returning to work, seek isolation, and develop chronic stress disorder. Extreme or prolonged depression may lead to alcohol and drug abuse. Prolonged exposure to workplace violence can lead to stress health effects such as heart problems and suppressed immune system disorders (WHSC, 2000b).
VIOLENT INCIDENT REPORTS
A VIOLENT INCIDENT encompasses any aggressive act that causes physical or emotional harm to a member and includes violence or any threatening statement that gives the member reasonable cause to believe there is a risk of physical or emotional harm. Intent is not a factor in determining risk to members. It does not matter that an assailant may be incapable of making a reasoned judgment prior to acting.
ETFO members who have been victims of violence at work should complete this report as soon as possible. Upon completion, send one copy to your Local President and keep one copy for your records. The purpose of the Violent Incident Report, which will be kept confidential, is to gather information about the extent and nature of such incidents, and to assist ETFO in developing strategies to improve the safety and health of ETFO members. The aggregate data will also be used to develop reports, to be submitted to your employer or other bodies, as appropriate.
PLEASE NOTE: ETFO members must also continue to complete any incident reports required under Board policy, WSlB, etc.
This form is in each school in the hands of the School Steward. Please complete the form if you are involved in an incident that meets the above criteria.
Send the form to the Limestone OT Federation Office Or Run a copy of the form below or fill it out and email it to the OT Limestone Office.
Please contact this Office or Toronto P.R.S. at 1 888 838 3836 if you have questions pertaining to Heath and Safety Issues in a school.