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Cal/OSHA Workplace Violence Advisory Committee: January 12 and February 2, 2017 Updates

Tuesday, February 14, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Cal/OSHA convened its Workplace Violence Advisory Committee on January 12, 2017, in Oakland. CALPASC Director of Risk Management Bruce Wick attended and attested that any new regulation should focus only on the high risk industries for workplace violence.


Many employers on the lower risk side have developed rules based on the model workplace violence prevention plan developed by Cal/OSHA. Employers in lower risk industries do not need another unnecessary regulatory burden, so CALPASC will push for a regulation focused on the high risk industries. You can see a copy of Cal/OSHA's model plan here.


Bruce Wick also attended the Cal/OSHA Advisory Committee meeting held on February 2, 2017. The meeting was held concurrently in Oakland and Santa Ana. Bruce questioned a presentation on the Cal/OSHA Bureau of Investigations (BOI), where an employer can be referred to the Bureau based on a Cal/OSHA request. Usually the referral is for a fatality, or serious injury to several employees at once. 


The BOI investigates for the possibility of recommending criminal charges against the employer's personnel, as well as huge monetary penalties against the employer. Bruce asked how the Cal/OSHA request procedure is done, when there is no fatality or multiple serious injuries. The response was "it is an informal procedure". Bruce expressed the need for formal procedure in such as serious matter and will be following up with Cal/OSHA leadership to make changes. 


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