STOP Bullying in SA

A collaborative effort of the interagency roundtable on workplace bullying

Workplace Bullying

Bullying is not acceptable workplace behaviour and it should not be tolerated in any form. This practical website has been developed to help employees identify and deal with bullying in the workplace. It aims to provide practical advice and information on making workplaces safer for everyone concerned.

This information contained in this site recommends that workplace bullying be treated like any other health and safety hazard. As part of normal workplace risk management procedures, bullying incidents, practices or potential for bullying should be identified, assessed for risk, and steps taken to minimise the risk. Follow-on procedures should ensure bullying does not occur or continue.

Bullying can adversely affect the health and safety of employees. It is unacceptable under the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986 and the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 2010. The legislation requires employers to attempt to resolve health and safety issues with Health and Safety Representatives, Health and Safety Committees and employees.

Due to the sensitivity of many bullying incidents, we strongly recommend that, wherever possible, agreed procedures are conducted as informally as possible in confidence, and with fair procedures to minimise conflict and stress for the individuals involved. Employees are encouraged to participate in developing safe work procedures to deal with bullying, and providing it is safe to do so, should report incidents of bullying to an appropriate person at the workplace.