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Preventing Workplace Violence: California's Guidance for Employers

As an employer in the State of California, it is important to take proactive measures to prevent workplace violence. In addition to keeping your employees safe, implementing preventative measures can also help protect your business from legal liabilities and financial losses.

The State of California has issued guidance on workplace violence prevention, which outlines several steps employers can take to mitigate the risk of violent incidents. Here are some key takeaways:

  1. Develop a Workplace Violence Prevention Plan: Employers should create a written plan that outlines the company's policies and procedures for preventing and responding to violent incidents. The plan should include a risk assessment, training requirements, and procedures for reporting and investigating incidents.
  2. Conduct Employee Training: All employees should receive training on workplace violence prevention, including how to recognize and report potential threats, de-escalation techniques, and emergency response procedures.
  3. Implement Physical Security Measures: Employers should assess the physical security of their workplace and implement measures such as surveillance cameras, access control systems, and panic alarms.
  4. Foster a Positive Workplace Culture: A positive workplace culture can help reduce the risk of workplace violence. Employers should promote respectful communication, provide support to employees who are experiencing personal or professional stressors, and establish a zero-tolerance policy for workplace violence.
  5. Follow Up on Reports of Threats or Incidents: Employers should take all reports of potential threats or incidents seriously and promptly investigate them. This includes taking steps to protect the safety of employees and cooperating with law enforcement as necessary.

By following these guidelines, employers can create a safer workplace for their employees and reduce the risk of costly legal and financial consequences. As always, it is important to stay up-to-date on changes to workplace violence prevention laws and regulations in California. If you have any questions or need assistance in developing a workplace violence prevention plan, contact A&A Employer Services today.

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