Overview of Cal/OSHA’s Injury & Illness Prevention Program Standard

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by Isabel Flores Garcia, Education and Outreach Representative

Cal/OSHA has several requirements for employers in California, one in particular involves the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). As stated by Cal/OSHA’s IIPP standard, it is a requirement that all employers establish, implement, and maintain a written IIPP that describes the workplace’s health and safety program, including the eight important elements described below, and how they will be implemented.

  1. Assignment of the responsibility for safety – Describes who will be in charge of the safety program and what their roles and assignments will be.
  2. Systems for ensuring employee compliance with safety procedures – Should be periodically reviewed and updated to reflect present conditions.
  3. Communication with employees and methods for involving them in safety-related activities – Must be in a language and manner that employees understand. 
  4. Hazard assessment/inspection – Should be done periodically to assess work environment for health and safety hazards that can cause injuries and illnesses. 
  5. Investigations of occupational injuries, occupational illnesses, and accidents – Must be completed by trained supervisors, managers, or other knowledgeable persons.
  6. Correction of hazards – Must be corrected in a timely manner after they have been identified.
  7. Occupational safety and health training – Must be provided to permanent and intermittent workers.
  8. Recordkeeping and documentation of program – Must be efficient and effective in implementing IIPP.

Once the IIPP has been established and implemented, a copy of the plan should be maintained at each worksite. A copy must be kept at the central workplace if the employer has non-fixed worksites.

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