CSSA Announces Workplace Violence Prevention Training

Posted by Modern Storage Media on Jun 5, 2024 3:50:57 PM

Thanks to Senate Bill 553, which goes into effect July 1, 2024, all self-storage operations in California must have a Workplace Violence Prevention Plan (WVPP) in place by that date to be compliant. The requirements of SB 553 include a written WVPP, employee training, a violent incident log, and recordkeeping. 

The CEA (CA Employers Association) has issued the following overview of those key requirements: 

  • Written WVPP - The WVPP must be in writing and available to employees and authorized employee representatives. It must include specific information and categories, similar to an IIPP (Injury and Illness Prevention Program).
  • Employee Training - The employer must provide employees training on the WVPP when is first established, upon identification of new hazards/plan changes, and on an annual basis. The required employee training must be customized to the specific workplace and job duties. The trainer must be someone who is knowledgeable in the employer’s specific WVPP. It must be interactive and allow for employee questions and answers. It must cover specific definitions and content.
  • Violent Incident Log - Every time there is a workplace violent incident, the employer must investigate it, engage in hazard correction/update the WVPP, and record the incident on the violent incident log with specific required information, excluding personal identifying information. The log must be made available to employees and their representatives, upon request and without cost, for examination and copying within 15 calendar days of a request.
  • Recordkeeping - Violent incident logs and other WVPP records must be maintained for a minimum of five years. Employee training records must be maintained for a minimum of one year.

For self-storage operators in California who would like additional guidance, the California Self Storage Association (CSSA) has partnered with the CEA to present a Workplace Violence Prevention Plan training session on June 18 at 10 a.m. The 90-minute session will cover all the MVPP requirements, providing practical guidance to create, implement, and maintain your company’s Workplace Violence Prevention Plan. 


The session also includes a complimentary WVPP Toolkit with sample forms that exceed Cal/OSHA’s templates. Attendees will receive the following forms and guidance on each:

  • Comprehensive WVPP Administrator Checklist
  • Employee Survey Questions to Solicit Feedback
  • Sample Workplace Violence Prevention Policy
  • Suggested Procedures and Engineering Controls Checklist
  • Employee Reporting Form for Incidents
  • Training Requirements Checklist and Sign-In Sheet
  • Record of Safety Meetings and Hazard Inspection
  • Investigation Report Template
  • Easy-to-use Violent Incident Log in Excel