Safety in the Workplace

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, an employer must take every precaution reasonable for the protection of a worker when the employer is aware that domestic violence may occur in the workplace and that this would likely expose a worker to physical injury.

Under provisions of Bill 168 (2010), a worker can report their concerns to their employer and the employer will deal with these concerns to support the development of reasonable precautions for the worker.

Indicators could include threatening emails and phone calls received at work, or unwelcome visits at the workplace by the abusive partner. Reasonable precautions taken by the employer could involve creating an individual safety plan for the worker while at the workplace. In developing the plan, the employer and worker may be able to work with the police, courts, or other organizations who may already be involved.

  • Consider telling your employer, the main receptionist, the security supervisor, and other friends or key people at work of your situation and ask about measures they may have to help assist with your safety at work. If possible consider transferring locations.
  • Provide security or reception with a picture of the abuser. Provide a description of the abuser's vehicle.
  • Provide/keep copies of court orders.
  • Ask to have your calls screened at work and document harassing calls.
  • Block unwanted emails or have them sent to a folder where you do not have to see or read them
  • Ask about secure parking and/or accompaniment to your car at night.
  • Change your parking spot often.
  • Change the patterns of when you arrive and leave work and inquire about flexible hours where possible.
  • Ask about changing your workstation.
  • Provide an emergency contact person in case you cannot be reached.
  • If you need to leave your community, ask if your company has a relocation program and if you are eligible.
  • Do not accept any package unless you personally ordered the item.
  • If you are confronted by your abuser at work and your safety is in jeopardy, pull the fire alarm.