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The long-awaited bullying code of practice will now appear as a guide. Its release coincides closely with White Ribbon Day, which aims to raise awareness about ending violence against women.

A majority of Safe Work Australia members met last week and agreed to publish the first versions of the Guide for Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying and the guide for workers Workplace Bullying—A Worker’s Guide.

The guides will be available by the end of November.

A guide differs from a code of practice approved under the Work Health and Safety Act in a jurisdiction as it is not automatically admissible in court proceedings as evidence of what is known about a hazard, risk or control.

White Ribbon Day will be held on 25 November and will draw attention to the high proportion of women affected by violence in our community, including in the workplace.

“Over sixty per cent of women experience some form of violence at work. Seventy five per cent report experiencing unwelcome and unwanted sexual behaviour at work,” says White Ribbon Australia.

“Twenty per cent of victims who were stalked by their previous partner reported that the perpetrator loitered outside the workplace, thereby presenting potential OH&S risks to employees and businesses.

“Domestic and family violence in Australia is conservatively estimated to directly cost employers over $484 million per annum.”

For more details on bullying and other guides and codes of practice, visit Safe Work Australia, and for more information on stopping violence at work visit White Ribbon Australia.

Published on 21 November 2013 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.


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