Thursday, March 10, 1994

John Duncan
Paul Lynd
(415) 703-4590
Rick Rice (LA)
(714) 935-2812

Cal-OSHA Announces Conference on Workplace Security

San Francisco -- In an effort to address the epidemic of workplace violence, Cal-OSHA will conduct a Conference on Workplace Security on April 13, Cal-OSHA Chief Dr. John Howard has announced.

The one-day conference at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles will be the first such event of its kind on this crucial issue. It will examine the issue of workplace violence through a public forum in order to identify effective means to address and prevent violence in the workplace.

"This conference will emphasize the fact that prevention of violent acts is not solely a public safety issue, but also an issue of workplace safety," Dr. Howard said.

According to statistics compiled by the Division of Labor Statistics and Research, homicides accounted for 25 percent of all workplace fatalities in California during 1992. The rate for 1991 was 22 percent.

The Conference on Workplace Security will have four objectives:

  1. Providing a forum for a diverse variety of individuals with a common interest in workplace security to share and gather information.
  2. Helping disseminate information about known facts of workplace violence prevention and aspects that need further study.
  3. Facilitate increased research of workplace security.
  4. Assist in the development of guidelines for preventing workplace violence.

"Unfortunately, increasing instances of workplace violence and some startling incidents recently have caused some workers to question their security," Dr. Howard said. "Cal-OSHA's forum will explore all aspects of this issue with an emphasis on prevention."

To pre-register for the conference, please contact Edward F. Callanan at (415) 703-4921.