Audit, Compliance and Risk Blog

New OSHA Procedures Relating to Workplace Violence

Posted by Margaret Campbell on Wed, Jan 11, 2012

The most recent update of STP's OSHA Compliance: A Simplified National Guide alerts readers to OSHA’s new “Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Workplace Violence Incidents” at nursing and personal care facilities.  The Procedures are effective September 11. OSHA has long had numerous prevention guidelines targeted to employers whose establishments are likely to be at highest risk for workplace violence, and some states have issued more detailed guidance to complement OSHA’s efforts, focusing on planning, facility design, and employee training. 

The Procedures have now put in place enforcement protocols consistent with OSHA’s approach. 

The update also alerts readers to a new requirement affecting most private employers that requires posting of collective bargaining rights in the workplace.  These rights are governed by the National Labor Relations Act.  The requirement became effective November 14, 2011. 

STP's OSHA Compliance: A Simplified National Guide includes information on the above items as well as information for employers to comply with all applicable OSHA standards, including provisions for recordkeeping and reporting, and workplaces are subject to unannounced inspections by personnel from OSHA or delegated state agencies. OSHA Compliance: A Simplified National Guide clarifies requirements and makes compliance with “general industry” worker protection regulations easier.

Find out more about OSHA Compliance:  A Simplified National Guide.

You may also be interested in Workplace Violence Prevention - A Practical Guide

Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, OSHA