SB 553 California's New Workplace Violence Prevention Mandate

New legislation in California (SB 553) mandates almost all non-healthcare employers in the state to establish a Workplace Violence Prevention Program. Here’s a breakdown of the requirements and our 5-step compliance plan

About SB 553 Compliance

SB 553, which becomes effective on July 1, 2024, is a significant piece of legislation that imposes new requirements on California employers regarding workplace violence prevention. This law requires virtually all employers in California to develop and implement comprehensive workplace violence prevention plans. These plans are a part of the broader Cal/OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention Plans, highlighting the law’s focus on integrating violence prevention into the general framework of workplace safety.

Key Aspects of SB 553

Workplace Violence Prevention Plans

Employers are required to create a written plan for preventing workplace violence. This plan can either be a standalone document or part of an existing Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). The plan must include details such as the identification of responsible employees, procedures for accepting and responding to violence reports, coordination with other employers, and protocols for emergency responses.

Employee Training and Involvement

The law mandates regular training for employees on the workplace violence prevention plan. Employers must also involve employees and their representatives in the development and implementation of these plans, fostering a collaborative approach to workplace safety.

Incident Logging and Record-Keeping

Employers are obligated to maintain a log of all workplace violence incidents, ensuring the confidentiality of personal identifying information. This log must be kept for five years and made available to employees upon request. The law also requires the retention of training records for at least one year.

Scope and Exemptions

While the law applies to almost all employers in California, there are specific exemptions. For instance, healthcare facilities are required to comply with separate Cal/OSHA regulations, and worksites with less than 10 employees that are not open to the public may be exempt under certain conditions.


Implications for Employers

SB 553 represents a proactive approach to addressing the growing concern of workplace violence. Employers must start preparing now to ensure compliance with these comprehensive requirements well in advance of the July 2024 deadline. The law emphasizes the importance of collaboration between employers and employees in creating a safer work environment, underscoring the need for ongoing dialogue and training related to workplace violence prevention.

Given the law’s intricacies and the seriousness of its implications, it’s advisable for employers to seek legal counsel and guidance to ensure proper implementation and adherence to SB 553’s requirements.



In an ever-evolving landscape of workplace safety, California has pioneered a critical step with its new Workplace Violence Prevention mandate. It’s not just about ticking off compliance boxes; it’s about genuinely ensuring a safe haven for your workforce, making them feel secure and fostering productivity.



MPS Protection & Security is more than a security firm
We’re your partner in this journey.

With the rollout of this mandate, businesses across the state may find themselves navigating uncharted waters. Our mission? To make this transition smooth, effective, and comprehensive.

With years of experience under our belt and a dedicated team of professionals at your service, we’re here to ensure your business doesn’t just meet the mandated requirements, but also cultivates a culture of safety and security. Through customized plans, expert-led trainings, meticulous record-keeping, and state-of-the-art incident reporting, MPS Security & Protection aims to elevate your workplace’s safety standards.

Contact a Workplace Violence Prevention Advisor

Ensuring a safe and compliant workplace is paramount, and our advisors are here to guide you every step of the way. Whether you have questions about the new California mandate, need advice on best practices, or are looking for a comprehensive safety solution, our experts are ready to assist. Fill out the form below, and one of our dedicated Workplace Violence Prevention Advisors will get back to you promptly.

    SB553 Impact on Employers and Employees

    The impact of SB 553 on employers and employees in California is significant and multifaceted. This legislation, which becomes effective on July 1, 2024, necessitates that nearly every employer in the state adopts comprehensive workplace violence prevention plans. These plans are required as part of the broader Cal/OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention Plans. The goal is to better prepare workplaces for potential serious violence incidents and enhance overall safety protocols.

    For employers, SB 553 introduces several new responsibilities

    Development of Workplace Violence Prevention Plans

    Each employer must implement a detailed, written plan tailored to the specific hazards of each work area and operation. This plan must include procedures for various scenarios, such as identifying responsible employees, coordinating with other employers, responding to violence reports, and ensuring compliance.

    Employee Training and Engagement

    Employers are required to provide effective, tailored training to employees on workplace violence prevention, covering how to report incidents, seek assistance, and understand the violence prevention plan. This training should cater to the employees’ educational levels, literacy, and languages. Additionally, employers must involve employees and their representatives in developing and implementing these plans.

    Record Keeping and Incident Logging

    Employers must maintain a log of all workplace violence incidents, excluding personal identifying information, and keep it for at least five years. They are also required to retain training records for a minimum of one year.

    For employees, this legislation aims to create a safer and more responsive work environment

    Enhanced Safety Measures

    Employees will benefit from the additional safety measures and protocols established in the workplace violence prevention plans.

    Increased Awareness and Training

    Through the mandated training programs, employees will be more aware of the potential risks of workplace violence and better equipped to respond to such situations.

    Participation in Safety Planning

    Employees will have the opportunity to be actively involved in developing and implementing workplace violence prevention plans, allowing for a more comprehensive and inclusive approach to workplace safety.

    Advancing Safety with SB 553: A New Era for California Employers

    SB 553 marks a significant step in addressing the rising concerns around workplace violence in California. It underscores the importance of a proactive and comprehensive approach to ensuring workplace safety, involving both employers and employees in the process. Employers must start preparing now to comply with these requirements before the implementation date in 2024. 

    Ensure SB 553 Compliance with MPS Security & Protection

    Are you seeking to comply with SB 553 and enhance your workplace’s safety measures? Contact MPS Security & Protection. Our experts are ready to assist you in developing a customized Workplace Violence Prevention Plan that aligns perfectly with SB 553 standards. Partner with us to ensure your business not only meets the compliance requirements but also provides a secure and safe environment for your employees. Connect with us today for SB 553 compliance solutions tailored to your unique needs.

    Elevating Your Workplace Safety Standards with SB 553 Compliance



    Crafted with Precision for Your Unique Needs

    Customized SB 553 Prevention Plans

    At MPS Protection & Security, we are deeply attuned to the distinct safety needs of each workplace, especially in light of SB 553. Our team conducts detailed assessments to develop a Workplace Violence Prevention Plan that aligns with SB 553’s requirements while also fitting your unique workplace environment. This strategic approach ensures compliance with SB 553, reinforces employee safety, and fosters a positive and secure workplace culture.

    • Assured compliance
    • Boosted employee safety
    • Reinforcement of a positive workplace culture
    Merging Safety Protocols Seamlessly

    IIPP and SB 553 Integration

    Your Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) is a crucial component of your company’s safety protocols. By seamlessly integrating the new violence prevention requirements into your existing IIPP, we ensure a holistic and unified approach to workplace safety.

    • Cohesive safety protocols
    • Streamlined safety processes
    • Elimination of redundancies
    Empowering Your Team with Essential Knowledge

    SB 553 Expert-Led Trainings

    Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to workplace safety. The experts at MPS Protection & Security deliver engaging and informative training sessions, arming your workforce with the tools and knowledge they need to navigate the complexities of the new mandate effectively.

    • Clear interpretation of the new law
    • Protocols for incident reporting
    • Risk factors tailored to job roles
    • Open Q&A sessions for clarity
    Confidentiality and Efficiency Combined

    Incident Logging & Reporting Aligned with SB 553

    In the event of a workplace incident, swift and efficient logging is crucial. Our advanced system ensures accurate recording of each incident, while always prioritizing the confidentiality of all involved parties.

    • Detailed, time-stamped entries
    • Classification as per SB 553 guidelines
    • Prioritized data privacy
    Documenting Your Path to Safety

    Comprehensive Record-Keeping for SB 553 Compliance:

    At MPS Protection & Security, we believe in the power of detailed documentation. From every training session to each incident, we offer organized, clear, and accessible records to help your business identify patterns and areas of improvement.

    • Digital archives for quick access
    • Continual updates reflecting recent events and sessions
    • Enhanced data protection

    By partnering with MPS Protection & Security, you’re not just accessing services; you’re entering a commitment. A pledge to make California workplaces paragons of safety and compliance.

    Navigating the New Workplace Safety Landscape in California

    The recent amendments to California’s workplace safety laws, notably SB 553, bring forth significant changes that every employer must be aware of. From crafting a comprehensive Workplace Violence Prevention Plan to detailed record-keeping, the nuances can be overwhelming. Whether you’re in healthcare, general industries, or any other sector, these regulations apply, and understanding them is paramount.

    Why Choose MPS Security & Protection for SB 553 Compliance





    Expertise in Workplace Violence Prevention

    At MPS Security & Protection, we combine our years of industry experience with a deep understanding of SB 553 requirements. Our team of seasoned professionals is not only skilled in traditional security measures but is also adept at implementing comprehensive workplace violence prevention plans, ensuring your business is SB 553 compliant.


    Tailored Client-Centric Solutions

    Recognizing the unique safety needs of each client, especially under the new SB 553 regulations, we customize our services to ensure your workplace violence prevention strategies are effective and aligned with your specific operational environment.


    Up-to-Date Knowledge of SB 553 Regulations

    Staying abreast of evolving security laws, including SB 553, is crucial. Our experts are continually trained in the latest regulations and best practices, ensuring our services not only meet but exceed current legal standards for workplace violence prevention.


    Proven Success in Enhancing Workplace Safety

    Our track record of successfully implementing SB 553-aligned security and protection services is reflected in the positive testimonials from our diverse clientele. Our commitment to excellence in workplace safety is demonstrated through our numerous success stories in various sectors.

    Incorporating SB 553 into your value proposition highlights your proactive approach to adapting to new regulations, demonstrating your commitment to providing top-tier, compliant security services.


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