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Violence in the workplace: awareness

This short lesson presents examples of the broad area of workplace violence, and the possible sources: which persons can be involved. In addition, the situations (physical and situational) of increased risk are shortly mentioned. Links for Canada are presented for learning about the employer’s obligations to prevent workplace violence.

The lesson is to be followed on-line free of charge and consists of ready-to-use material. The text however can also be downloaded. The material is appropriate for any worker or manager. No download or registering is necessary.


English, French

Original Authors:

Not indicated

Original affiliation, ownership:

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), Hamilton (ON), Canada

Year of publication:


Charge for use or free:

Free of charge


Target group(s):

Workers or managers; or in vocational training

Usefulness for non-OSH-expert professionals:

More or less useful for non-OSH-expert professionals in health care or other sectors; or in training

Time demand to complete the lesson or course:

0,5 hour


The lesson is one of a number of free courses for public awareness that are offered by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).

Intellectual property and copyright:

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The module is free to use. However, a general statement on copyrights for all material presented by the CCOHS can be found under . It states the following: “All rights reserved. Permission is granted to electronically copy and to print in hard copy for internal use only. No part of this information may be reproduced, modified, or redistributed in any form or by any means, for any purposes other than those noted above (including sales), without the prior written permission of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).”

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