Occasional Teachers' Bargaining Unit - District 12

Occasional Teachers' Bargaining Unit
District 12


Assault in the workplace protocol

What is assault?

Assault is an act of verbal aggression, or an act or threat of physical aggression, which produces damaging or hurtful results.

Click here for a list of OSSTF resources to combat violence in the workplace.

What to do when assaulted?

1. Immediately report the incident to school administration and the police.
2. Immediately seek medical attention, if necessary. Only medical attention from a doctor who fills out a “Form 8” is recognized for WSIB purposes.
3. Notify the OTBU office via telephone (416-423-3600) or e-mail otbu.office@d12.osstf.ca
4. Document what took place before, during, and after the assault and include names of witnesses.
5. Fill out the following forms:
This Health & Safety Reporting Guide will help you determine what forms need to be filled out in any given situtation.

To see a list of forms online, you must log into the TDSB website. Click Staff > Log In > TDSB Web > Log In > Employee Services > Health & Safety > Health and Safety Reporting forms.

Some forms are paper copy only, sent by fax, and some forms are to be filled out online only. A list of the most common forms used by OTs is found below.

The Employee Report on Accident / Injury
This form is completed by a worker who suffers an injury. If the worker is unable to complete the form, the Supervisor may do so on their behalf.
Any questions regarding this form should be directed to the Disability Claims Administration at 416-397-3325. Paper copies only.

Employee Report of Workplace Violent Incident
This document is completed by a worker if an act of violence has occured. An Act of Violence is defined as "threatened, attempted or actual conduct of a person that causes or is likely to cause physical injury. Instructions
Any questions regarding this form should be directed to Occupational Health & Safety at 416-397-3213. ONLINE

Please also fill out the D12 Harassment & Bullying form so that we are aware of the incident.

Health & Safety Concern / Near Miss
This document is completed by a worker if they have a concern. A concern is defined as "a potential or existing hazard which presents risk to the health or safety of individuals in the workplace."
Any questions regarding this form should be directed to Occupational Health & Safety at 416-397-3213. Paper copies only.

Occupational Illness Reporting
This document is completed by a worker to report an illness or disease that was contracted in the workplace (i.e., Norwalk Virus)
Any questions regarding this form should be directed to Accident Investigation Officer, Debby Morgado at 416-397-3465. ONLINE ONLY.

If you are injured, you will also need to fill out WSIB forms.

Who investigates?

  • Your OSSTF OTBU Health & Safety Representatives.
  • Joint Health & Safety Committee,
  • Employer.
  • Police, and Ministry of Labour, if required.

What legal procedures can be followed?

  • If the police have not been notified, the assaulted Member should do so in a timely fashion.
  • The Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) will take action against assailants. The injured worker must sign a document giving the WSIB the right to seek restitution for payments made to victims of workplace violence.

When can you refuse unsafe work?

  • The Occupational Health and Safety Act gives most workers the right to refuse work due to violence (Bill 168) and if the physical condition of the workplace is likely to endanger them. [Section 43(3)(b)]
  • This Act also requires all workers to work in a safe manner that will not create a condition endangering themselves or other workers. [Section 28(2)(b)]
  • Refer to Provincial OSSTF’s Health and Safety Information Bulletin at www.osstf.on.ca “Right to Refuse Work” for correct procedure and programme exceptions.

What prevention measures can be taken?

  • All workers have a right to a safe and healthy workplace. The responsibility for providing and maintaining this safe workplace belongs to the employer.
  • All workers have the Right to Know about hazards in their workplace and safe procedures. The employer must provide training programs to all workers to enable them to identify any hazard in their workplace and to perform their work in a safe manner. This should include potentially violent situations and the necessary prevention techniques. Training programs must be developed and implemented in consultation with the Joint Health & Safety Committee.
  • Where a potentially violent situation has been identified and cannot be eliminated, specific protective measures should be developed. This usually involves modifying existing practices or written procedures to conform with the board's Violence-Free Policy (required by the Ministry of Education) in consultation with the Joint Health and Safety Committee. Bottom of Form
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Office telephone number: 416 423-3600
Office fax number: 416 981-3388
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