In California, workplace safety is a top priority, and the state has implemented laws to address various aspects, including workplace violence prevention. The recently enacted California Workplace Violence Prevention Program law, SB 553, outlines requirements for employers to establish and maintain effective measures to prevent workplace violence. The new law requires all employers who have 5 or more employees to make available the Workplace Violence Prevention Program to all employees and agencies in addition to providing an interactive training program. Monster Human Resources can provide you with a customized program and training.

Here's a summary of key elements related to the California Workplace Violence Prevention Program:

1. Risk Assessment and Training:

Employers are required to conduct a thorough risk assessment to identify and evaluate potential workplace violence hazards.
Training programs should be established to educate employees about recognizing, reporting and preventing workplace violence.

2. Written Program

Employers must develop a written Workplace Violence Prevention Program that includes policies and procedures addressing potential risks and preventive measures as well as reporting and responding to workplace violence incidents.

3. Emergency Response:

Protocols for responding to and reporting violent incidents or threats must be established.
Employers are encouraged to collaborate with law enforcement and emergency services.

4. Recordkeeping:

Employers are required to maintain records related to risk assessments, training programs, and incidents of workplace violence.

5. Communication and Reporting:

Employees should be informed about the employer's violence prevention program, reporting mechanisms, and resources available for assistance.

6. Applicability:

The law is generally applicable to a wide range of workplaces, and employers are expected to tailor their prevention programs to the specific needs of their industry and workforce.

7. Review and Update:

Employers are required to review and update their violence prevention program annually or any time a new hazard is identified, to ensure continued effectiveness.