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Workplace Violence

Workplace Violence

The NYS Labor Law § 27-b and its implementing regulations in 12 NYCRR § 800.6 establish requirements for the creation of programs aimed at the prevention of Workplace Violence, as well as rules governing the training of employees on these programs and procedures and record-keeping requirements for employers. SUNY campuses are required to comply with the provisions of the Workplace Violence Prevention Act and its regulations.

Compliance Information for SUNY Campuses 

In order to comply, campuses need to undertake or develop each of the following:

  1. Written Policy Statement;
  2. Risk Evaluation;
  3. Workplace Violence Prevention Program;
  4. Employee Training;
  5. System for Reporting Incidents, and
  6. Recording of Incidents of Workplace Violence

The Workplace Violence Checklist was created by SUNY General Counsel's Office, and is meant to be used by the campuses as a guidance document when developing and maintaining a Workplace Violence program in accordance with New York State Law.

Applicable Laws & Regulations:

N.Y. Lab. Law § 27-b  

12 NYCRR § 800.6

Workplace Violence Prevention Program Guidelines  

12 NYCRR § 801 Recording and Reporting Public Employees Occupational Injuries and Illnesses


SUNY Guidance and Resources

SUNY's Workplace Violence Checklist was created by the SUNY Compliance Office and the OGC, and is meant to be used by the campuses as a guidance document when developing and maintaining a Workplace Violence program in accordance with New York State Law.  The checklist provides basic background information and definitions, and a list of actions and steps the campuses must complete in order to be compliant with the requirements of the New York State Workplace Violence laws and regulations.


References to Best Practices & Other Supplemental Material:

Workplace Violence Prevention Guidelines, New York State Department of Labor Resource

"The guide may be used to assist public employers and public employees in understanding key steps in establishing a public employer WVPP. A critical starting point is establishing a process that includes the key stakeholders in an agency, reviewing requirements in the law and draft regulations, evaluating existing agency programs, and then working to address gaps identified in the review. This guidebook is designed to assist public employers and public employee union leaders so that they can build programs that comply with the law and beyond that, reduce injuries, costs, and associated negative impacts on agency operations that are caused by workplace violence. The guide is a tool to help in tailoring programs to the actual needs and conditions of different types of public employment covered by the law. Different interventions should be developed based on the type of work that is being performed and type of exposures that are experienced. Public employees work in field service, institutional, and administrative settings located in rural, suburban, and urban areas. Conducting a comprehensive risk assessment, with input from those at risk, is critical to developing an effective WVPP."

Department of Labor Workplace Security Checklist, New York State Department of Labor,

Department of Labor: Workplace Violence Prevention Information, New York State Department of Labor

FBI Report on Workplace Violence, Workplace Violence Issues in Response, United States Federal Bureau of Investigation

What is Workplace Violence, OSHA Fact Sheet, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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