Get Ready: New Workplace Violence Prevention Standards Begin July 1

Beginning July 1, 2024, nearly all California employers must comply with the state’s general industry workplace violence prevention standards — and CalChamber’s free Workplace Violence Prevention for California Employers white paper covers what employers should know about these new requirements.

Also available is a webinar recording that gives employers the tools to efficiently and successfully complete the many tasks associated with these new requirements.

Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

California employers have long been required to provide a healthful and safe environment for their employees — not just related to workplace injuries and illnesses, but also in reducing the risk of workplace violence. Overall, employers haven’t had any specific requirements around workplace violence other than to generally prevent and mitigate it — but that changed when California Senate Bill (SB) 553 was signed into law on September 30, 2023, establishing new workplace violence prevention standards.

New obligations under the law include:

  • Developing and implementing a workplace violence prevention plan;
  • Training employees on the plan;
  • Identifying, evaluating and correcting workplace violence hazards;
  • Creating workplace violence incident logs; and
  • Various recordkeeping requirements.

Webinar Available Now

In the recorded webinar, CalChamber employment law experts examine real-life scenarios designed to help fulfill the practical requirements of completing a workplace violence prevention program, including:

  • Understanding the law’s requirements and each employee’s role under the law;
  • Obtaining full organizational support in identifying and mitigating workplace violence hazards;
  • Designing a fully compliant training program specific to your workplace violence prevention plan;
  • Creating procedures for the use of on-site personnel and law enforcement to respond to workplace violence incidents;
  • Implementing a post-incident response plan, including completing the mandated incident log, investigation and mitigation of future incidents.
  • This webinar includes the CalChamber Workplace Violence Prevention Toolkit to further assist you in meeting these new requirements.

For more information, or to purchase the recorded webinar, click here.

Answers to Questions

Also, the free Workplace Violence Prevention for California Employers white paper answers several important questions for employers, including:

  • Which employers are covered?
  • What qualifies as workplace violence?
  • What is a workplace violence prevention plan?
  • What type of training is required?
  • How do employers identify workplace violence hazards?
  • How do employers respond to workplace violence incidents?
  • What documentation is required?

Because there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution for employers that must create and implement a workplace violence prevention program that fulfills all obligations under the law — each employer’s program must be uniquely tailored to the specific conditions of their worksites and operations — this white paper also lists resources available to help employers better understand and complete these obligations.

Workplace Violence Prevention for California Employers is available now for nonmembers. CalChamber members can access the white paper by logging into HRCalifornia.

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