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Workplace Violence Prevention Plan

California SB 553 requires California employers to establish, implement, and maintain at all times in all work areas an effective Workplace Violence Protection Plan (WVPP).  The WVPP, a component of the Injury and Illness Prevention Program, is intended to establish a framework for protecting employees from workplace violence. This plan includes the following components:

 

  1. Names or job titles of the persons responsible for implementing the plan. If there are multiple persons responsible for the plan, their roles shall be clearly described
  2. Effective procedures to obtain the active involvement of employees and authorized employee representatives in developing and implementing the plan
  3. Methods that will be used to coordinate implementation of the plan with other employers, when applicable, to ensure that those employers and employees understand their respective roles, as provided in the plan
  4. Effective procedures for the employer to accept and respond to reports of workplace violence, and to prohibit retaliation against an employee who makes such a report
  5. Effective procedures to ensure that supervisory and nonsupervisory employees comply with the plan
  6. Effective procedures to communicate with employees regarding workplace violence matters, including, but not limited to, both of the following:
    1. How an employee can report a violent incident, threat, or other workplace violence concern to the employer or law enforcement without fear of reprisal
    2. How employee concerns will be investigated
  7. Effective procedures to respond to actual or potential workplace violence emergencies, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
    1. Effective means to alert employees of the presence, location, and nature of workplace violence emergencies.
    2. Evacuation or sheltering plans that are appropriate and feasible for the worksite
    3. How to obtain help from staff assigned to respond to workplace violence emergencies, if any, security personnel, if any, and law enforcement
  8. Procedures to develop and provide employee training
  9. Procedures to identify and evaluate workplace violence hazards, including, but not limited to, scheduled periodic inspections to identify unsafe conditions and work practices and employee reports and concerns. Inspections shall be conducted:
    1. When the plan is first established
    2. After each workplace violence incident
    3. Whenever the employer is made aware of a new or previously unrecognized hazard.
  10. Procedures to correct workplace violence hazards identified above, in a timely manner consistent with the IIPP, including:
    1. Procedures for post incident response and investigation
    2. Procedures to review the effectiveness of the plan and revise the plan, including: 
      1. Procedures to obtain the active involvement of employees and authorized employee representatives in reviewing the plan

 

Workplace Violence Prevention Plan

Workplace Violence Reporting Form