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California: Rules for Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care Create New Obligations

Rules Affect Many Health Care Facilities

California has passed new rules, generally effective April 1, 2017, regarding workplace violence prevention in the health care industry. Highlights of the rules are presented below:

  • Applicability. The rules generally apply to work in certain health care facilities, service categories, and operations (including home health care).
  • Workplace Violence Prevention Plan. As part of the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) required by state rules, a covered employer must establish, implement, and maintain an effective workplace violence prevention plan that is in effect at all times in every unit, service, and operation.
    The plan must be in writing, be specific to the hazards and corrective measures for the unit, service, or operation, and be available to employees at all times. The written plan may be incorporated into the written IIPP or maintained as a separate document, and must include certain elements (section: (c)(1)-(12)).
    Review of Workplace Violence Prevention Plan. A covered employer must establish and implement a system to review the effectiveness of the plan for the overall facility or operation at least annually, in conjunction with employees and their representatives regarding the employees' respective work areas, services, and operations.
    Violent Incident Log. A covered employer must record information in a violent incident log about every incident, post-incident response, and workplace violence injury investigation performed in accordance with the rules.
    Training. A covered employer must provide effective training to employees (as specified in the rules) that addresses the workplace violence risks that the employees are reasonably anticipated to encounter in their jobs.
    Reporting Requirements for Certain Entities. Every general acute care hospital, acute psychiatric hospital, and special hospital must report any incident--regardless of whether an employee sustains an injury--involving either the use of certain physical force against an employee or an incident involving the use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon.
  • Applicability. The rules generally apply to work in certain health care facilities, service categories, and operations (including home health care).
  • Workplace Violence Prevention Plan. As part of the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) required by state rules, a covered employer must establish, implement, and maintain an effective workplace violence prevention plan that is in effect at all times in every unit, service, and operation.
    The plan must be in writing, be specific to the hazards and corrective measures for the unit, service, or operation, and be available to employees at all times. The written plan may be incorporated into the written IIPP or maintained as a separate document, and must include certain elements (section: (c)(1)-(12)).
    Recordkeeping. Certain records must be maintained under the rules, including records of workplace violence hazard identification, evaluation, and correction; training records; and records of violent incidents.

Additional details and requirements are contained in the text of the rules.


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