Every employer in California is required to have an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program, or IIPP. This is the basic safety program for your workplace, addresses the workplace hazards your employees face each day, and must be in writing. Take a look at Cal/OSHA’s guidelines for creating an IIPP. Having an IIPP is not only California law — it’s a matter of common sense.
In addition to compliance with Cal/OSHA’s requirement, implementing an effective and successful IIPP can help you:
- Prevent workplace injuries.
- Lower your workers’ compensation rates.
- Find ways to boost your workflow.
- Improve the bottom line of your business.
Creating a Successful IIPP
The nine elements below are a roadmap to making that happen at your business:
- Putting a plan in writing and making sure that it reflects what you actually do.
- Designating a person in charge of the program.
- Ensuring that everyone—including the boss—follows the rules of the program.
- Reliable, prompt, two-way communication between supervisors and line employees on safety.
- Regular inspections to identify hazards.
- Investigating accidents and illnesses to discover the cause and prevent recurrence.
- Prompt correction of hazards when found.
- Training to address the hazards employees may encounter as they work.
- Documentation of training and workplace inspections.
Resources and Training for Small Businesses
California’s Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training Employee Program (WOSHTEP) provides resources for developing and maintaining an effective IIPP. Their website provides IIPP tools, fact sheets, and information on training for general industry, small business, and agriculture.
State Fund and WOSHTEP provide free training to employers to help them establish and improve their IIPPs. We offer these seminars each year. When dates, times, and locations are set, you’ll find the schedule on our seminars page.
The above evaluations and/or recommendations are for general guidance only and should not be relied upon for legal compliance purposes. They are based solely on the information provided to us and relate only to those conditions specifically discussed. We do not make any warranty, expressed or implied, that your workplace is safe or healthful or that it complies with all laws, regulations or standards.