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Cal/OSHA’s Model Workplace Violence Prevention Plan and Guidance is Here!

by Jennifer Shaw and Melissa Whitehead | | March 6, 2024

Hats off to Cal-OSHA!  They are WAY ahead of schedule…

As you probably know, by July 1, 2024, most California employers must establish, implement, and maintain an “effective” workplace violence prevention plan (“WVPP”) – read our previous blog post on the new law here.

To help employers meet Senate Bill (“S.B.”) 553’s WVPP requirements, Cal/OSHA recently published a model WVPP. Employers are not required to use the model WVPP, and may create their own, use another WVPP template, or incorporate workplace violence prevention into their existing Injury and Illness Prevention Program.

Cal/OSHA’s model WVPP is written for a “broad spectrum of employers,” so employers must revise it to address the specific needs of their workplace. Of course, using the model WVPP does not ensure compliance with S.B. 553’s requirements, which include more than just the WVPP.

Cal/OSHA also published “Fact Sheets” for workers and employers about workplace violence prevention for “general industries (non-health care settings)” and “agricultural operations.”

Cal/OSHA’s model WVPP and Fact Sheets are available here.

Feeling overwhelmed? We’re here to help! Shaw Law Group is offering a flat fee package to help employers comply with the new law, which includes a customized WVPP, templates and compliance-related documents, and workplace violence prevention training for employees. Please contact us at info@shawlawgroup.com for more information!

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