The WVPP needs to include a description of the factors identified in the risk assessment and the methods the employer will use to prevent workplace violence. There is no “one size fits all” WVPP that is effective. The unique risks associated with different types of operations should form the basis of the final program. Employers are encouraged to integrate existing policies and procedures into their WVPP, especially if they have proven to be effective.

Your organization may have multiple branches and locations under its jurisdiction that can be in different states. Typically your organization will be able to share the base plan for all the programs, branches and locations. However, to complete the program each site must perform certain elements of the risk evaluation, such as an environmental security inspection. Additionally, employers should demonstrate that they have implemented specific control measures based on the assessment that are intended to protect employees from the risks associated with their jobs.

The Workplace Violence Prevention standard is performance-based and not prescriptive. The intent is to allow employers flexibility in determining the appropriate methods they choose to employ. Upon completion of the required elements, the employer is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of the WVPP through periodic review and investigation of incidents and reports.

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