Workplace Health and Safety

Injury and Illness Prevention Plans

An Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP for short) is a document required by the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health of any employer within the state. It is a manual to be made available to any employee that states what the companys policies and procedures are in regards to preventing occupational illness and injury. An IIPP should describe the employers responsibilities regarding the establishment, implementation and maintenance of the IIPP, the procedures that are in place for the employees to follow, etc. The purpose of the IIPP is to prevent occupational injury and illness, and thus reduce associated losses and costs.

Every workplace has different hazards. Therefore, an IIPP should be customized to the workplace. Hence it is often necessary to spend some time evaluating the activities and hazards of a workplace in order to develop an IIPP that is pertinent and workable for each site. Such assessment, however, is not to be conducted once only. Rather the IIPP should be consistently re-evaluated and improved as work processes, equipment and conditions change, as deficiencies in the companys protocols are noted, or as regulations are altered.

Guidance in regards to developing and maintaining an IIPP can be obtained from the California Department of Occupational Safety and Healthhttp://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/iipp.html

However, CSC is available to help you with any aspect of your program, whether initial hazard assessment, developing your first IIPP, or helping you to polish or update your existing program.