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California Bill Would Set Workplace Violence Prevention Regulations

March 21, 2023


Workplace violence is a serious concern for California employers in all industries, but the state’s workplace violence prevention regulations are currently applicable only to the healthcare industry. A bill recently introduced in the California legislature would require the state’s occupational safety and health regulator to broaden the scope of workplace violence prevention regulations.

On Feb. 15, California State Senator Dave Cortese (D-15) introduced Senate Bill 553, which, if enacted, would require the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) to adopt regulations requiring any employer not subject to the healthcare regulations to adopt a workplace violence prevention plan as part of the employer’s injury and illness prevention plan.

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