Colorado Executive Order Addresses Prevention of Workplace Violence

On October 7, 2009, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr. signed an executive order requiring all state agencies to develop universal policies addressing workplace violence, including domestic violence. This Executive Order builds on existing workplace violence policies and provides guidance to all state departments that requires each state department to:


  • Formulate protocols and procedures for implementing a Universal Policy addressing workplace violence, including domestic violence, by August 1, 2010. The policy shall adhere to guidelines provided by the Department of Personnel and Administration.

  • Give due regard to the importance of increasing awareness of and education about workplace violence.

  • Provide training implementation plan for mandatory awareness and prevention training for all employees, supervisors, and managers.

How Encompassing Is This Executive Order?

The Department of Personnel and Administration, in cooperation with the Department of Human Services Domestic Violence Program, the Colorado Attorney General's Office, and other state agencies, will develop a universal policy addressing workplace violence, including domestic violence affecting the workplace. This policy shall be distributed to all state departments by March 10, 2010. The Executive Order directs all state departments to comply by August 1, 2010. A summary of the Executive Order shall be displayed in prominent locations in their offices and facilities. Institutions of higher education are also encouraged to implement the Universal Policy.


CPI agrees with the broad definitions of workplace violence identified in the Executive Order. "Violent behavior" is defined as any act or threat of physical, verbal, or psychological aggression or the destruction or abuse of property by any individual. "Domestic violence" means an act or threatened act of violence upon a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship.

Meet the Requirements of the Colorado Executive Order—CPI Can Help!

The CPI's Prepare Training® program is highly effective, adaptable training that can help your organization meet the requirements of the Colorado Executive Order on workplace violence prevention. The program utilizes CPI's proven methods for managing disruptive behavior before it escalates to a potentially dangerous incident.


With a core philosophy of Respect, Service, and Safety at Work® the program offers proactive solutions such that organizations can count on confident, well-trained employees who respond safely and consistently to a variety of challenging situations.


The Prepare Training® program's flexible curriculum includes a Foundation Course and a broad library of Topic Modules to help meet the needs of different employee groups.


CPI believes that violence prevention and crisis intervention training should be an ongoing process—not a one-time event. Through the Prepare Training® Instructor Certification Program, organizations gain the resources to train employees in house on an ongoing basis, supported by experts at the CPI.


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