Archive | January, 2016

What is Cal/OSHA’s Injury & Illness Prevention Program?

25 Jan
Taking risks is a part of running a business, particularly for small business owners. You take risks in product development, marketing, and advertising in order to stay competitive. Some risks are just not worth the gamble. One of these is risking the safety and health of those who work for you.

 

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 (IIP) Program is required for every California employer.

 

In developing an effective safety program, you need to identify what has to be done to promote the safety and health of your employees and worksite and outline policies and procedures to achieve your safety and health goals. This requirement is designed to help employers provide better workplace protection for their employees and reduce losses resulting from accidents and injuries.

 

What is an Injury & Illness Prevention Program?

 

Your Injury and Illness Prevention Program must be a written plan that includes procedures and is put into practice. These elements are required:

 

  • Management commitment/assignment of responsibilities
  • Safety communications system with employees
  • System for assuring employee compliance with safe work practices
  • Scheduled inspections/evaluation system
  • Accident investigation
  • Procedures for correcting unsafe/ unhealthy conditions
  • Safety and health training and instruction

 

For an in-depth guide on developing your Workplace Injury and Illness Prevention Program, visit http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/iipp.html. This manual describes the employers’ responsibilities in establishing, implementing, and maintaining an IIP Program. It also outlines steps that can be taken to develop an effective Program to help ensure the safety and health of employees while on the job.

 

For any employer needing assistance with compliance with Cal/OSHA or help with a citation from Cal/OSHA, contact Don Dressler Consulting at dondressler1@hotmail.com.
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