In 2017nearly 3.5 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in the nation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That means, when averaged out, nearly seven workplace injuries occur every minute of the day.

Every employer in California is required to have an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). This is the the basic safety program for your workplace, addresses the workplace hazards your employees face each day, and must be in writingTake 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 IIPP requirement, implementing an effective plan 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:

  1. Putting a plan in writing and making sure that it reflects what you actually do.
  2. Designating a person in charge of the program.
  3. Ensuring the rules of the program are followed by all, including the boss.
  4. Reliable, prompt, two-way communication between supervisors and line employees on safety.
  5. Regular inspections to identify hazards.
  6. Investigating accidents and illnesses to discover the cause and prevent recurrence.
  7. Prompt correction of hazards when found.
  8. Training to address the hazards employees may encounter as they work.
  9. 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 throughout the year and will post the schedule to our seminars page once the dates, times, and locations are finalized.


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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.