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How Effective Is Your IIPP?
July 21, 2010
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Cal/OSHA has long required California employers to maintain an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). Effective IIPPs lay a solid foundation for safety in the workplace, but how do you know if your IIPP is effective? Here are a few questions that will help you gauge whether your IIPP is doing its job.

How will federal OSHA's proposed I2P2 standard affect you? Join us on Aug. 19 for a 90-minute webinar to find out!

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  • Do your employees know what an IIPP is and who is responsible for it? If your employees can't answer the question, "What is an IIPP?" and have no idea where they should direct their safety concerns, your IIPP isn't effective. Employees, especially your more experienced employees, should be able to tell you (or a Cal/OSHA inspector) without hesitation what an IIPP is and how it keeps them safe in the workplace.
  • Do you assess both work hazards and employee compliance? Many organizations inspect the workplace regularly for hazards. And most of those have systems for ensuring that hazards detected are corrected. Fewer companies, however, regularly check whether their employees are complying with safe work practices. An employee's failure to comply often isn't discovered until an incident occurs.

    The root cause of most incidents is employee behavior. An effective IIPP will proactively address employee behaviors through the following:

    • training (and re-training when necessary)
    • a means of assessing whether employees are complying with safety rules and safe work practices before an incident (for example, supervisors doing follow-up observations after training or assessing worker behavior during regular inspections)
    • recognition of good employee behaviors and corrective action to address bad employee behaviors

  • Is safety continually improving in your workplace? Half of the eight required elements of an IIPP (specifically, communication, hazard assessment, accident/exposure investigation, and recordkeeping) inform organizations about the state of worker safety in their workplace and provide them with information on how to improve it. This is critical because workplace safety isn't static--conditions change, employees come and go, etc. If your IIPP is effective, you receive a regular flow of information from your workplace that will help you determine how you are doing and guide you to areas for improvement.
  • How often is safety discussed in your workplace? An effective IIPP produces almost daily conversations about safety in the workplace, including:

    • employees reporting hazards
    • tailgate meetings to refresh employee knowledge of safety topics
    • supervisors discussing the hazards of a workplace change
    • seasoned employees discussing safe work practices with new workers

If safety is a rare topic of conversation, or if the only people talking about safety are managers and supervisors, your IIPP is likely not effective.

Federal OSHA's Proposed I2P2 Standard: How Will It Affect California's IIPP Regulation and What You Will Need to Do to Comply

California employers are well aware of the state's requirement for an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). Now federal OSHA seems poised to require IIPPs nationwide. (OSHA refers to the programs as I2P2 rather than IIPP.)

The exact timeline of implementation is unknown, but it's likely that a new federal I2P2 regulation will mean California employers will need to make some changes. For example, OSHA is considering a requirement that an employer form a safety committee, which is not currently required under California law.

How can you prepare? Join us on Aug. 19 for a detailed 90-minute webinar. Our speaker is an experienced safety professional who has worked extensively with Cal/OSHA's IIPP requirements and carefully documented the key differences with OSHA's proposed standard. Be sure to register your management team to prepare them for any changes needed to bring your workplace into compliance.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How to comply with California's IIPP requirement
  • Federal OSHA's proposals for I2P2s and how they will change what you are currently doing under state law
  • How to verify and substantiate management's commitment to controlling workplace hazards and correcting dangerous conditions when they occur
  • The main components of a written I2P2 plan and how to assign responsibilities for on-site safety
  • How to create a system that assures employee compliance with your IIPP/I2P2 plan and both the federal and state regulations
  • What you need to include in your safety communications—including meetings, training, notifications, and postings—and how to readily communicate to every worker how to operate safely in your workplace

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