09:19 am, Wednesday 31 March, 2010
A WorkSafe seminar on bullying held on March 25 has attracted more than 150 attendees.
It is WorkSafe’s first in a string of seminars across Victoria. It aims to guide employers, managers and supervisors on the procedures they need to carry out to prevent and respond to bullying.
Victoria’s safety watchdog receives about 30 phone calls daily on workplace bullying. Around 10 percent of calls result to visits by WorkSafe inspectors to the worksites for further inquiries.
The seminar also covers identifying risk of workplace bullying and taking steps to deal with problem areas. Participants fielded questions to a panel of WorkSafe representatives on issues including cyber bullying, confirming bullying claims, and what to do when bullying is a part of workplace culture.
According to WorkSafe, the turnout shows the resolution of employers to stamp out workplace bullying. It is best dealt by taking preventive measures it before it becomes a risk to health and safety.