The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created OSHA, which sets and enforces protective workplace safety and health standards requires employers to comply with the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act, which requires them to keep their workplaces free of serious recognized hazards.
New laws and regulations have been passed designed to prevent workplace violence of based on all hazards/all crimes analysis, including increasingly frequent “active shooter” incidents. As a result, it requires significant resources dedicated to analysis, assessment, and facility and SOP improvement to prevent, prepare, respond, and recovery to workplace violence incidents. California regulations will be a model for similar laws in states and cities across the country as well as under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and the General Duty Clause.
The most recent draft includes the following components for workplace violence prevention strategies:
1. A written workplace violence prevention plan containing numerous elements including identifying, evaluating, and investigating hazards; employee communications; and procedures for reporting concerns. The regulations also include requirements like addressing methods that an employer should use to implement the plan in conjunction with other employers on multi-employer worksites, as well as procedures to respond to workplace violence incidents, and emergencies, including active shooter threats.
2. In addition, the plan must be reviewed periodically and after any workplace violence incident that results in an injury to ensure it is comprehensive and effective.
3. Maintaining a violent incident log, which must describe in detail each and every incident, post-incident response, and workplace violence injury investigation.
4. Implementation of a comprehensive training program and various other record-keeping requirements, and updated termination policies.
How can AEGIS Help?
AEGIS Security & Investigations provides comprehensive consulting and training services to meet this Federal and California OSHA workplace violence prevention standard.
Our Level 4 Workplace Violence Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Workshop w/ Demos meets this standard for most small to medium businesses in a single day. It includes both a rapid security assessment and a 4 hour workplace violence and active shooter prevention, preparedness, and response workshop with demos for our client’s employees.