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The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) released draft language for a workplace violence prevention regulation for health care workers.
The September 2014 enactment of S.B. 1299 requires the state to have a standard issued by July 1, 2016. Provisions include requiring health care employers to develop workplace violence prevention plans, train their employees on identified workplace hazards and keep records related to workplace violence incidents.
The proposed regulation defined the scope of covered employers to include:
“All personal protective equipment, training and medical services shall be provided at no cost to the employee, at a reasonable time and place for the employee, and during the employee’s working hours,” Cal/OSHA said.
Workplace violence is being defined as “any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the worksite.” It includes the use of physical force against an employee by a patient or a person accompanying a patient “that results in, or has a high likelihood of resulting in, injury, psychological trauma, or stress, regardless of whether the employee sustains an injury.” It also includes any incident involving the use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon, regardless of whether the employee sustains an injury.
Workplace Violence Prevention Plans
Employers will be required to “establish, implement and maintain” an effective written workplace violence prevention plan, which will include procedures for:
Reporting, Recordkeeping Requirements
General acute care and psychiatric hospitals will be required to report each violent incident to Cal/OSHA within 24 hours, “if the incident results in an injury, involves the use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon, or presents an urgent or emergent threat to the welfare, health or safety of hospital personnel.” All other violent incidents shall be reported within 72 hours, according to the draft regulation.
All covered employers will be required to keep and maintain records identifying, evaluating and correcting workplace violence hazards.
Training records shall be created and maintained for a minimum of one year and include: training dates, contents or a summary of training sessions, names and qualifications of persons conducting the training, and names and job titles of all persons attending the training. Records of violent incidents shall be maintained for a minimum of five years.
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