Effect July 1, 1991, all businesses (regardless of size) in the State of California must have a written Injury and Illness Prevention Plan and Program (IIPP) in place. The law, SB 198, clearly spells out what must be contained in the plan and how it is to be administered and documented. For many employers, this is a new experience, as a large majority still do not have a current safety program.
Emergency Management & Safety Solutions can provide employers with the necessary tools to comply with SB 198. This may include the development of a written plan, assistance in the development of job classes and practice safety codes, an evacuation plan, worker-right-to-know, employee and supervisor training, and hazard assessment.
This program is effective not only in California but anywhere in the nation where employers want to manage their losses and protect their workers.
INJURY AND PREVENTION PROGRAM – STEP BY STEP COMPLIANCE
- Step 1 – Establish a injury and prevention program in writing and designate who is responsible.
- Step 2 – Establish job safety classes and identify and evaluate hazards for each class.
- Step 3 – Develop a code of safety practice for all identified hazards.
- Step 4 – Implement a system of periodic inspections, investigation of injuries/illness and a means of correcting deficiencies.
- Step 5 – Implement a training program for all new, current and re-assigned employees.
- Step 6 – Establish a system of communication with employees on safety issues.
- Step 7 – Verify compliance with record keeping.
COMPONENTS OF AN INJURY AND PREVENTION PROGRAM – (CAL-OSHA 3203)
- Designate person(s) with authority.
- Enforce compliance: recognize safe practice, discipline those who do not abide by that practice.
- Communicate with employees.
- Inspect the workplace regularly: identify and evaluate workplace hazards.
- Develop a procedure to investigate occupational injuries/illness.
- Correct unsafe conditions in a timely manner.
- Train employees in a way that provides them with general information plus instructions about hazards specific to job assignment (new, current and re-assigned employees)
BENEFITS OF A WORKPLACE INJURY PREVENTION PROGRAM
- Decrease lost time due to injury/illness.
- Increase productivity by keeping trained employees on the job.
- Decrease insurance costs.
- Improve employee attitude.
- Increase employee safety consciousness and well-being.
- Avoid CAL-OSHA citations, and minimize civil and criminal liability.