IIPP & Safety Programs

Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)

In California every employer has a legal obligation to provide and maintain a safe and healthful workplace for employees, according to the California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973. As of 1991, a written, effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) is required for every California employer.  Fed OSHA is very near promulgation of their version referred to as I2P2.

The IIPP usually takes the form of a manual section describing the employer responsibilities in establishing, implementing, and maintaining an IIPP. It also outlines steps that can be taken to develop an effective safety and health program that helps protect employees while on the job by reducing losses resulting from accidents and injuries. Topics may include:

• Hazard Communication                 • Lock Out Tag Out
• Confined Space Entry                    • Contractor Safety
• Hearing Conservation                    • Lab Safety
• Personal Protective Equipment      • Hot Work
• Ergonomics                                    • Emergency Action Plans

The term “employer” as used in the Cal/OSHA Act includes any person or corporation, the State and every State agency, every county or city or district and public agency therein, which has any person engaged in or permitted to work for hire, except for household services.

Does your company have an Injury and Illness Prevention Program? Does your IIPP need a professional review or some additional sections? Let Dan Drown, a Board Certified Safety Professional, help you with your IIPP.

Visit the Board of Certified Safety Professionals website:
http://www.bcsp.org/bcsp/index.php?option=content&task=section&id=7&Itemid=33

For more information on Cal/OSHA IIPP requirements visit the Cal/OSHA Consultation webpage:
http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/iipp.html