2019 Education Day - Sonya Tonkovich

Session: Violence Prevention Starts With Civility and Respect

Presenter: Sonya Tonkovich, CRSP

Wherever people interact, there is a potential for violence. From gossip, intimidation, and/or physical attacks, workplace violence is a serious issue that affects every occupation and causes a high risk to  organizations and to those involved.  With legislation and compliance regulations changing, workplaces need to prepare their policies, procedures, and practices to align accordingly.

Join the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) in this interactive session, Taking Action: Violence Prevention at Work, where participants will be guided through the exercise of defining the scope of what workplace violence is. Subjects such as harassment, what their legal obligations are as employers, what goes into a workplace violence prevention policy, how to assess the workplace for violence, and how to develop preventative measures including civility and respect, will also be explored. Participants will interact through group exercises plus review the tools and resources needed to take action on eliminating or minimizing the potential for workplace violence within their workplaces.

Sonya Tonkovich is an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) with the Inquiries Service. She is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) with over 13 years of experience in workplace health and safety and workplace wellness.

In her capacity as Occupational Health and Safety Specialist, Sonya uses her past experience in both the education and manufacturing industries to provide technical expertise and advice to employers, employees, and government officials on a variety of safety topics such as policy development, hazard assessment and control, workplace wellness, and ergonomics.

She also works on various projects at the Centre including policy and training development, and is a media spokesperson for CCOHS.

Sonya received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Brock University, and a Post Diploma Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from Ryerson University.