Practical safety steps provided in new Violence Prevention Plan


Saint Mary’s has released a newly updated Violence Prevention Plan that provides practical information to help staff, students and Faculty stay safe.

While a violence prevention and response policy has been in place since April 2006 (and was recently updated), the plan itself is a new document.

New content includes an overview of all current programs in place (e.g. Lone Worker / Student program) and procedures (safe work practices) for handling specific scenarios, such as responding to negative behaviour or dealing with a potentially violent person.

A working group (comprised of members of the Administrative Units Safety Sub-committee and the Science Safety Sub-committee) developed the plan, based on consultations and research that included a physical workplace risk assessment by an external specialist, and a survey to all full and part time employees. 

For the survey, HR partnered with the Saint Mary’s Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee and the CN Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, specializing in workplace violence, health, and safety.  The survey was designed to investigate the occupational risks of violence associated with campus environments, in relation to employees’ direct and indirect experiences of workplace violence.

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to read both documents. If you have any questions about the policy, plan, or training, please contact