PREVENTING WORKPLACE BULLYING
INCIDENT REPORT FORM.
To substantiate an allegation of workplace bullying the collection of evidence
and data is vital. It is important that instances of bullying are reported. You
may use this form to report instances of bullying in your workplace. If possible
you should report the incident to your employer, health and safety rep and
VIEU rep using this form. If you feel unable to report the incident to any of
those persons in your workplace you should complete the report form and fax
it to your VIEU Organiser at the Union Office on 9254 – 1865. Your Organiser
will then contact you to discuss the matter further. You should provide a copy
of the incident report form to each person you are reporting to and retain a
copy for your own records.
Workplace bullying is repeated, unreasonable behaviour directed toward an
employee or group of employees, that creates a risk to health and safety.
Employer’s Duty of Care:
Section 21(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act states an employer
must, so far as is practicable, provide for employees of the employer a
working environment that is safe and without risks to health.
A Principal has the right to control and direct how work is done at the
workplace but this must not be done in such a manner as to disregard their
duty of care to protect the health and safety of their employees. Such direction
and control may from time to time be exercised poorly or inappropriately, in
ways that may not meet the definition of workplace bullying. Performance
management practices and disciplinary measures such as due process are
legitimate and reasonable ways for Principals to address grievances with
employees and may not necessarily constitute instances of bullying.
A Single Incident:
A single incident does not fit within the definition of workplace bullying. Single
incidents which have been reported should not be ignored by an employer as
they may indicate they not meeting their duty of care or that the workplace is
at risk of bullying occurring in the near future.