California health care employers will soon have a new regulation to comply with. On December 8, the state’s Office of Administrative Law approved new Section 3342 of the General Industry Safety Orders, Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care. The standard takes effect on April 1, 2017.
The new regulation aims to protect health care workers, including doctors, nurses, home health care aides, and others, from the risk of assaults and other violence on the job. The regulation will apply to health facilities, home health care and home-based hospice, emergency medical services and medical transport (including when provided by firefighters and other emergency responders), drug treatment programs, and outpatient medical services offered to the incarcerated in correctional and detention settings.