Calif. Sets A High Bar For Workplace Violence Standards

By Michael Taylor and Daniel Birnbaum, BakerHostetler (November 29, 2016, 9:31 AM EST) -- Michael T. Taylor

Daniel R. Birnbaum On Oct. 21, 2016, after nearly two years of meetings and work, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) adopted a standard intended to reduce workplace violence against health care workers. This is a monumental action by Cal/OSHA for at least three reasons. First, federal OSHA currently has no specific standard governing workplace violence, and it is the first time that a state OSHA agency has adopted a standard addressing the prevention of workplace violence for health care facilities.

Second, the standard is by far the strictest occupational safety and health regulation...

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