Cal/OSHA Publishes Model Workplace Violence Prevention Plan and Related Guidance

Published March 6, 2024

In 2023, California Governor Newsom signed SB 553 which, among other things, added Section 6401.9 to the California Labor Code.  Pursuant to Labor Code section 6401.9, employers—with some exceptions—must establish, implement, and maintain an effective Workplace Violence Prevention Plan on or before July 1, 2024.

On Friday, March 1, 2024, California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“Cal/OSHA”) published a Model Workplace Violence Prevention Plan to assist employers in establishing their own plan in compliance with these requriements.  Although employers are not required to use this model template, it includes all elements Cal/OSHA expects a Workplace Violence Prevention Plan to include and mitigates the risk of non-compliance.

Cal/OSHA also issued fact sheets for employers and employees for both general operations in non-health care settings and for agricultural operations.  Those fact sheets can be located here.

Employers should consult with their legal counsel to review their workplace violence prevention plans and confirm they are in compliance with these and related requirements, and to determine whether they are subject to any of the law’s exceptions.

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