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OSHA for EVERY CALIFORNIA EMPLOYER

The Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) is the basic written workplace safety program.   Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations (T8CCR) section 3203, requires every employer to develop and implement an effective IIPP.   An effective IIPP improves employee safety and health in your workplace and reduces costs though good management and employee involvement.  

How to reduce Incidents?

Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations (T8CCR) section 3203, requires your Safety Team to be trained, responsible and effective.  NOTE:  We have delivered internationally; we are not limited to California in any way.   

To be effective your IIPP must:

– Fully involve all employees, supervisors, and management

– Identify the specific workplace hazards employees are exposed to

– Correct identified hazards in an appropriate and timely manner

– Provide effective training

– Include ongoing documentation

That’s what we do.

Turn-key Injury Illness Protection Program (IIPP)

A successful OSHA compliance program requires instant incident communications to Safety Teams.  This includes consistent reporting of Incidents, Near Misses and Recognician of employees who demonstrate good safety practices.   BERT seamlessly and affordably ripples throughout any organization as a platform to achieve full compliance with IIPP mandates.

BERT is the backbone of an effective Cal/OSHA safety program.  Using next-generation tools and training will streamline any effort.  Using Cal/OSHA’s eight elements and 11 effectiveness questions you will have a measurable and effective program in place.

IIPP Element One:  MANAGEMENT COMMITMENT. 

If management is committed, we can help.  

According to speaker at VPPPAix, “..even working towards VPP and all if its benefits, will likely reduce recordable incidents by documenting “Near Miss” recordings. ” 

Side benefit:  BERT documents Incidents, Near-Miss and Recognician events using next-generation technology.  This system submits incidents to the safety team for analysis, real time no longer requiring reporting on potentially elusive forms, or having to decipher poor handwriting.

 The 8 required Injury and Illness Prevention Program elements are:

  1. Responsibility
  2. Compliance
  3. Communication
  4. Hazard Assessment
  5. Accident/Exposure Investigation
  6. Hazard Correction
  7. Training and Instruction
  8. Recordkeeping

To be effective your IIPP must:

  • Fully involve all employees, supervisors, and management
  • Identify the specific workplace hazards employees are exposed to
  • Correct identified hazards in an appropriate and timely manner
  • Provide effective training

“Remember that an effective IIPP is not just a paper program. For your IIPP to be effective you must fully put it into practice in your workplace.”

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BERT is the backbone of Cal/OSHA safety programs.  Using proper tools and training will make any effort more manageable.

The eleven questions required by OSHA for every employee to be able to answer are:

1 Who is the person with the overall safety responsibility?

2 How are employees recognized for performing safe and healthful work practices?

3 How are employees disciplined for performing unsafe or unhealthful work practices?

4 How are employees given training or re-training to ensure compliance with safe and healthful work practices?

5 How do employees communicate with management on safety issues?

6 What is the Safety Training Schedule?

7 How does our organization identify Hazards?

8 How does the use of our organization’s investigation procedures results in:

a) the determination of the cause (s) of accidents, hazardous substance exposures, and near misses

followed by

b) effective corrective actions being taken in a timely manner?

9 How does out organization handle Incident Reports?

10 What is our organizations training schedule?

11 How does training and hazard ID & correction benefit the organization?

Dig Deeper

The BERT program works to enhance the culture of safety in a business by building employee trust and fostering an attitude of care from the company that is above and beyond minimum OSHA requirements.  It looks for employee engagement, inclusion in processes, active participation, documentation and true ownership.  Finally, the intention is that a BERT company’s priority is that employees incorporate this culture of safety outside their time at work, into their daily lives and at home with their families.

Using Council-Certified Emergency Operations professionals (ACAC.org) to lead teams of five others, the Cal-OSHA VPP-Star basic requirements are met.  That concept is consistent with the FEMA ICS system which encourages the management of no more than five individuals in any emergency.

“According to the National Safety Council, workplace injuries and illnesses cost our economy 198.2 billion dollars a year. That’s over half a billion dollars each day! Employers who invest in injury and illness prevention programs can expect significant cost savings in addition to reducing fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. Workplace safety is not only the right thing to do for your workers; it’s the right thing to do for your business.”

Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labo

Aspirational OSHA Achievement:  VPP (Voluntary Protection Program)

OSHA & Cal-OSHA has three corporate designations:

  • Golden Gate (< 250 employees/ site)
    • With an implemented, systemic IIPP in place, the bulk of Golden Gate Elements are in natural compliance.  BERT works to naturally fill in the blanks.
    • Golden Gate recognition is site-specific. Your company may be eligible to receive a letter of commendation from Cal/OSHA Consultation Services if your company requests and receives a Cal/OSHA Consultation on-site visit at one of its worksites, and subsequently meets the qualifications for Golden Gate recognition. Companies qualified for Golden Gate recognition do not receive any kind of exemption, except the traditional exemptions associated with actively working with Cal/OSHA Consultation Services
  • SHARP ( 250-500 employees/site)
    • The 58-elements of SHARP recognician center around a fully-implemented, integrated IIPP.
    • California’s SHARP is designed to meet the Federal OSHA requirements for a Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). Cal/SHARP, is site specific and is offered to all high-hazard employers with either fixed- or mobile-worksites. Applicants that meet the requirements of Cal/SHARP receive recognition and may receive an exemption from programmed inspections by Cal/OSHA Enforcement. Cal/SHARP employer worksites are recognized as worksites expected to have a significantly lower risk for serious accidents than other employer’s worksites within the same industry. In turn, this allows Cal/OSHA to focus its programmed inspection efforts on other worksites.
  • VPP is the highest standard. 
    • The California Voluntary Protection Program (Cal/VPP) is designed to recognize employers and their employees who have implemented safety and health programs that effectively prevent and control occupational hazards. These programs go beyond minimal Cal/OSHA standards and provide the best feasible protection at the site.

The program works equally well to build an initial VPP program, as well as it may comply with on-going requirements for current VPP-holding companies.

BERT is an employee engagement program that provides national credentials, structure, and a business platform to mitigate, document, and respond to anything from an OSHA incident to a systemic emergency by enhancing a culture of safety in any business.

 The program works equally well to build an initial VPP program, as well as it may comply with on-going requirements for current VPP-holding companies.

See https://www.bertinc.org/capability/

Contact us at (844) 808-3834 or info@bertinc.org  to work out a site-specific proposal.