The Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) is a basic written workplace safety program that California employers are required to have, under Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations (T8CCR) section 3203. An effective IIPP not only improves workplace safety and health, it can increase employee morale and productivity as well as reduce the costs of doing business through good management and employee involvement. The eight required Injury and Illness Prevention Program elements are:
- Responsibility: A company leader or team should have the overall responsibility for ensuring that your company has an effective IIPP
- Compliance: How do you recognize your employees who consistently perform safe and healthful work practices?
- Communication: Ensure your company holds regular safety meetings and arrange for workers to anonymously notify management of safety and health concerns without fear of reprisal.
- Hazard Assessment: Dedicate an employee to conduct periodic inspections in order to identify and evaluate workplace hazards.
- Accident/Exposure Investigation: Assign a worker to conduct investigations of workplace injuries and illnesses.
- Hazard Correction: Refer to the Hazard Assessment Checklist.
- Training and Instruction: Refer to the List of Training Subjects and the Worker Training and Instruction Record.
- Recordkeeping: Ensure you abide by all injury and illness recordkeeping requirements under Cal/OSHA.
To be effective your IIPP must:
- Fully involve all employees, supervisors, and management
- Identify the specific workplace hazards employees are exposed to
- Correct identified hazards in an appropriate and timely manner
- Provide effective training (see the Effective Workplace Training etooland List of Training Subjects)
Keep in mind that the better the IIPP implementation is in your workplace, the more effective it will be. You must regularly review and update your IIPP in order for it to remain effective.
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