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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 the safety and health in your workplace and reduces costs by good management and employee involvement.  

Turn-key Injury Illness Protection Program (IIPP)

The backbone of an IIPP requires instant incident communications and consistent reporting of Near Misses and Employee Recognician candidates (Good Jobs) to Safety Teams.  BERT seamlessly and affordably ripples throughout any organization as a platform to full compliance with IIPP mandates.

 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.

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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.

According to speaker at VPPPAix, “..even working towards VPP and all if its benefits, will likely reduce recordable incidents by documenting “Near Miss” recordings.   BERT documents Near-Miss and Good-Job events and sends them to the safety team for analysis, real time no longer requiring reporting on potentially elusive forms, and having to decipher poor handwriting.

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.

Every employer: OSHA/IIPP (Injury Illness Protection Program)

Every Employer EVERY EMPLOYER is required by OSHA to have a readily available Injury Illness Protection Program (IIPP) readily accessible by and its contents known by every employee no matter how many people are employed at every facility.  In 2017 new regulations are adding layers.

BERT provides the eight elements of an IIPP and eleven questions to every corporate client and is available on the accompanying app at every employee’s fingertips.  A template Business Emergency Action plan is also provided.

It is a DOD/SCORM Compliant CBT (Computer Based Training) program.

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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.

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.

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