Excerpt from the OH&S Canada magazine (Nov. 2015)

Four years after launching its anti-bullying program, the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU) is expanding the program to cover workplace policies, procedures and leadership roles.

A notice posted on the union’s website on October 19, 2015, announces the program’s new theme, “Shifting Culture”, which will consist of a two-hour, four-module format for employers and workers who need more flexibility in the program’s delivery schedule, in addition to the program’s current two-hour sessions and six-hour workshops. The program provides leadership training for personnel involved in developing internal policies regarding bullying and investigation, including management, supervisors, union representatives and human-resources staff.

“Shifting Culture reflects the need to change organizational policies and procedures, leadership and the workplace culture,” the NSGEU says, adding that bullying is not solely about conflict between individuals. The union has presented the program to more than 14,000 workers in the province so far, as well as to firms in Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island.

My opinion

It seems that many of our sister provinces are lagging behind those such as Ontario in realizing the need for anti-bullying legislation.

Section 32.0.1 to 32.0.8 inclusive, was made available in Ontario in July 2010. It covers workplace ‘Violence and Harassment’ and has been updated a few times since.

It is too bad that the provinces do not seem to be in communication with each other or they do not feel the need to.

Remember, all workers MUST be able to work in a safe workplace environment.

If your province still does not have legislation concerning violence, anti-bullying and harassment, please contact your local member and ask why.

HRS Group Inc. has a great team that can help you with all your health and safety needs. Contact Deborah toll free at 1-877-907-7744 or locally at 705-749-1259.

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Daniel L. Beal

CHSEP – Advanced Level
CEO & Senior Trainer
HRS Group Inc.