Beginning July 1, 2024, a new addition to the California Labor Code, Section 6401.9, mandates that almost all employers establish a Workplace Violence Prevention Plan (WVPP). The enforcement and implementation of Section 6401.9 fall under Cal/OSHA. The WVPP imposes several key obligations on employers:
- Designate a responsible individual for program implementation.
- Identify and rectify hazards through regular inspections.
- Provide employee training on potential hazards.
- Maintain records of incidents.
A crucial aspect of compliance is the active involvement of employees and any relevant unions in developing and implementing the plan, as well as designing and delivering training. Importantly, the WVPP must be documented in writing.