Occupational violence refers to all forms of physical attacks and threatening conduct. Discrimination, sexual and other forms of harassment, bullying, violence and threatening behaviour are deemed to be unacceptable in any of the Department's workplaces.
Relevant sections of the OHSMS
Where/when would these issues be relevant?
All employees, students, parents, contractors and visitors in schools or other Department workplaces are expected to act in ways which are not aggressive and threatening to others. Occupational violence can occur in a number of settings including at the workplace; off site situations such as school camps, excursions and social functions; at an employee’s home, in a public place or at a community event as a direct result of a person’s role as a Department employee or, increasingly so, within cyberspace through threatening website postings, emails and SMS.
What do you need to do?
- Consult with Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) and employees to determine when and where these issues occur;
- Identify any particular individuals at risk;
- Correctly identify what is creating the hazard for those individuals;
- Take action to control the hazards;
- Make sure workplace policies and procedures are in place to manage the risk;
- Provide appropriate information, instruction and training for employees so they have the awareness, knowledge and skills to identify risk factors associated with occupational violence, the signs of impending violence and the appropriate prevention measures to control these kinds of risks;
- If an incident is reported act in accordance with the Department's policies and procedures as set out in the Emergency and Security Management Guidelines;
- Serious workplace incidents will require that you notify the Victorian WorkCover Authority also. Notifiable incidents are incidents that result in death or a serious injury. A serious injury involves immediate medical treatment or medical treatment within 48 hours of exposure to a substance. In summary, incidents involving injuries sustained from plant, broken bones, injuries requiring stitches, the administering of a drug, the loss of bodily functions or the exposing of the general public or students to the risk of a serious hazard are some of the issues considered to be reportable incidents;
- Enter all incident data into
eduSafe for employees or
CASES21 for students as soon as possible after the incident.
Managing Challenging Student Behaviour Training
The Department is introducing a package of initiatives to support schools in developing and implementing their Managing Challenging Behaviours strategies.
The Managing Challenging Behaviours course will be available across eight locations to all Victorian school staff throughout 2014.
For more information, please see:
Managing Challenging Behaviours
Occupational Violence Training
The Occupational Violence training is directed at preventing incidents with outside intruders and members of the community such as parents who are displaying aggressive behaviour towards employees and school Principals.
For more information, please see:
Occupational Violence Training for Schools.
Legislation, guidance and Codes of Practice
Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004
Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017
OHS Advisory Service on ph. 1300 074 715 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Incident Support Operations Centre on 1800 126 126 (24 hour service)
Occupational Violence Training for Schools
WorkSafe Victoria - Occupational Violence