March 7, 2024

Cal/OSHA Releases Model Workplace Violence Prevention Plan

As discussed here, on September 30, 2023, California Governor Newsom signed SB 553[i] creating a new workplace violence law. In accordance with SB 553 mandates, starting July 1, 2024, covered employers will be required to implement a Workplace Violence Prevention Plan (WVPP).

To assist employers in establishing, implementing and maintaining an effective WVPP, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has released a Model WVPP. Much like the agency’s model Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP) and COVID-19 Prevention policy, the model WVPP provides the essential framework to identify, evaluate, and control workplace violence hazards.

The downloadable template allows employers to develop a stand-alone WVPP customized for their own needs. Nonetheless, employers are not required to use the model WVPP, but may create their own, use another WVPP template, or incorporate workplace violence prevention into their existing IIPP as a separate section.

While the use of any template cannot ensure compliance, the model WVPP is a great starting point. Employers are encouraged to review the WVPP even if choosing not to utilize it.

Cal/OSHA has also published two employer-focused workplace violence fact sheets: Workplace Violence Prevention in Agricultural Operations for Employers and Workplace Violence Prevention in General Industry (Non-Health Care Settings).  Each sheet provides important information on:

  • Creating a workplace violence prevention plan
  • Violent incident log requirements
  • Training employees on workplace violence; and
  • Employer responsibilities with workplace violence recordkeeping

Employers with compliance questions should consult with legal counsel ahead of the July 1, 2024 compliance deadline.

[i] Cal. Lab. Code Section 6401.9.