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The A B C’s of an “effective” Injury Illness Prevention Program

Authority:  (T8CCR) section 3203,   

Self-Evaluation Statements:

A.  Our company has adopted an Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP) and all employees know where and how to access it, including electronic access

B.  We have a safety manager and safety committee who hold regularly scheduled meetings to administer the adopted IIPP policies and procedures for good health and safety practices in the workplace.

C. We hold regularly scheduled training sessions and impromptu “Tailgate” training sessions for employees on good health and safety practices.

D. We have an effective system for reporting all safety hazards, accidents and near misses which includes submitting reports electronically

E. We conduct OSHA compliance self-inspections to assess hazards and ensure hazard corrections.

F. We have an effective safety record keeping system, which can be accessed both on paper and electronically.


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 The 8 required Injury and Illness Prevention Program elements are as follows; we facilitate the process:

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

“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.”            Cal/OSHA                       

The 11 answers each staff member should know; we facilitate the process:

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 organization’s training schedule?

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

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Aspirational OSHA Achievements:

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 recognition 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.


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