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Cal/OSHA Publishes Model Workplace Violence Prevention Plan and Resources

20 Mar

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Update Applicable to:Effective date
All employersJuly 1, 2024


What happened?

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) published a model Workplace Violence Prevention Plan (WVPP) and fact sheets, to help employers comply with the new requirement.

What are the details?

As previously reported by Vensure here, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 553, creating a new requirement for employers to have a WVPP. All employers must have that plan, either on their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) or as a separate document. 

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is responsible for enforcing this new law, and to help employers comply published a model from which employers can use or find inspiration to comply with the requirement.

The Fact Sheet provided by Cal/OSHA details what information and requirements must be included in the WVPP, violent incident log, training, and recordkeeping, along with additional information and resources.

Business Considerations

  • Use the model for inspiration or as the template for the creation of your organization’s Workplace Violence Prevention Plan.
  • Use the fact sheet to properly create or tune the policies that the plan must have.
  • It is not just a matter of having a document prepared on time, because the law also requires that employers provide employees with initial training when the WVPP is first established and document that such training took place, meaning that employees must be trained under the WVPP by July 1, 2024. The training must also take place annually thereafter.


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