Workplace Aggression and Violence Policy

Applicable to: This Policy is applicable to all WA health system entities as defined in this Policy.

Description: The purpose of the Workplace Aggression and Violence Policy is to outline the minimum requirements and responsibilities of WA health system entities in providing a safe workplace where employees are not subject to aggression and violence.  The WA health system is committed to the safety, health and wellbeing of all employees in accordance with the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (WA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (WA).

For the purpose of this Policy, workplace aggression and violence is considered to be any incident where a Staff Member is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances arising out of, or in the course of, their employment. Examples include, but are not limited to verbal, physical or psychological abuse, threats, spitting, biting or throwing objects.

Workplace aggression and violence may constitute a breach of Commissioner's Instruction No.7 - Code of Ethics, the WA health system Code of Conduct and other relevant legislation.

This Policy is a mandatory requirement under the Employment Policy Framework pursuant to section 26(2)(c) of the Health Services Act 2016.

This Policy is a mandatory requirement for the Department of Health pursuant to section 29 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.

Date of effect: 10 May 2021

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