OSHA Compliance: An Illness and Injury Prevention Program is Required for Employers by California Law

Employers in California are required by law to have and Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) in writing. You may be asking, what is an IIPP and what does it require?

According to OSHA, “injury and illness prevention program is a proactive process to help employers find and fix workplace hazards before workers are hurt.”

Download OSHA’s January 2012 White Paper about IIPPs.

Why is an IIPP Required?
According to OSHA, every day at least 12 workers die on the job and each year more than 4.1 million workers are injured in the workplace. By implementing an IIPP, OSHA believes it will reduce the number of injuries on the job and lower workers’ compensation premiums for the employer as a result.

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IIPP’s have been required in California since 1991, and within the first 5 years, the state had a 19 percent net decrease in job-related injuries and illnesses.

What is Required in an IIPP?

According to the State Compensation Insurance Fund, a written IIPP must contain the following:

  • The commitment of management and assignment responsibilities
  • A system in which to communicate safety with the employees
  • A way to make sure employees comply with safe work practices
  • A schedule of inspections and a way to evaluate how the system is working
  • Accident investigation
  • Procedures for correcting unsafe work practices and conditions
  • Safety and health training and instruction
  • Record keeping and documentation

Is Putting Together an IIPP Expensive and Time Consuming?

OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP) requirements

Many small businesses have concerns about the amount of time and expense it takes to develop a written Illness and Injury Prevention Program. To owners or management may not have experience in writing a program or may not know what is required. In addition, a written IIPP should be suited toward your indivudial business. An out of the box version may not be suitable for your industry. Additionally, the construction industry has special requirements.

Do I Need a New IIPP?
Download the IIPP self assessment.

What Else do I need to Know to Be OSHA Compliant?
Read more here: http://www.invensure.net/osha-compliance-orange-county.php

Invensure offers an affordable solution through our risk management service. Let our professional safety and OSHA advisers help you develop a written IIPP that is OSHA compliant and suitable for your business.

Call (800) 331-4700 if you would like assistance with your IIPP.

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