John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Code to manage violence, aggression and bullying released

    10/08/2006 10:02 AM
     
    10/08/06

    The State Government has released a new code of practice for the management of violence, aggression and bullying in the workplace.

    Employment Protection Minister John Bowler said all workplaces should be aware of the importance of preventing and managing violence, aggression and bullying.

    “There are about 600 workers’ compensation claims in Western Australia each year, for time off work arising from workplace aggression and bullying,” Mr Bowler said.

    “It is likely that there are many more cases that go unreported.

    “This is a very real problem which should be treated in the same way as other workplace safety and health risks - by developing and implementing appropriate prevention and management plans.”

    The code, which has been produced by the Commission for Occupational Safety and Health, provides practical guidance on ways to reduce risks at workplaces, including identifying circumstances in which violence, aggression or bullying may occur, and responding to incidents.

    It replaces the previous code of practice on workplace violence and guidance notes on dealing with workplace bullying, and is the result of an extensive consultation process that included a period of public comment late last year.

    “Violence, aggression and bullying are serious occupational safety and health issues, and I urge employers to ensure they have a copy of the new code in the workplace,” the Minister said.

    Copies of the code can be obtained by telephoning WorkSafe on 9327 8777 at a cost of $3.30 per copy plus postage, or downloaded at no cost from the website at: http://www.worksafe.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office - 9222 9699