Injury and Illness Prevention Program
In California, all employers are required to have a written Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) to ensure a healthful and safe workplace. An effective IIPP will reduce or eliminate injuries and illness by anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling hazards in the workplace before an accident or injury occur. The IIPP should be a living document and must be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that it is reflective of the processes and tasks that are conducted in the workplace. However, in some instances, it could be necessary to update the IIPP even more often if there are changes or unforeseen events.
Having an effective IIPP has the potential to save the employer money by reducing the time lost from an employee who is unable to perform their work, loss of productivity from employees helping with investigating an incident, and reduced morale among other employees stemming from an unsafe workplace.
The IIPP must be tailored to the workplace so that existing or potential hazards are controlled or eliminated. This also includes employee training, communication, and commitment from management.
Yorke has provided IIPP support to clients in various industries, ranging from educational institutions to medical device manufacturing. Services provided by Yorke related to IIPP include:
- Developing an IIPP;
- Reviewing an existing IIPP;
- Performing a gap analysis to determine areas of non-compliance with the IIPP;
- Conducting health and safety inspections to identify workplace hazards;
- Developing Job Hazard Analyses (JHA);
- Reviewing rules, policies and programs associated with the IIPP; and
- Providing training on hazards identified in the IIPP.
Regulatory references for IIPP can be found in 8 CCR Section 3203.