Injury and illness prevention programs are a type of safety plan and are also commonly referred to as IIPP or I2P2. This common sense approach to safety is rooted in employers being committed to safety and working with employees to identify and eliminate hazards within the workplace before they can cause harm.
This type of program is a proactive approach and is generally considered best practice by several leading safety organizations, including OSHA, Cal OSHA, ANSI, AIHA, and several others. Although it is not federally mandated by OSHA, several state OSHA programs now require employers to adopt some form of an IIPP, including California, Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
Why Implement IIPP
The following statistics communicate a strong need for effective workplace safety from both a moral and financial perspective:
- Every day more than 12 workers die on the job – more than 4,500 each year.
- More than 4.1 million workers suffer a serious job-related injury or illness each year.
- Workplace injuries and illnesses cost our economy over $198.2 billion per year. That’s over a half-billion dollars each day.
Adopting this common sense approach to safety will require executives, supervisors, and employees to work as a team to not only identify hazards but methods that will control or eliminate hazards from the workplace. Ideally this program will correct hazards before they can cause harm.
Each element of the IIPP contains sub-layers which work together to create a complete IIPP. These “nice-to-have” elements of an organizational safety program are achieved through proven methods which make up the sub-layers of the complete IIPP.
Management & Leadership
Hazard Identification & Assessment
Hazard Prevention & Control
Education & Training
Adopting an IIPP for any organization takes commitment and hard work. The rewards for undertaking this process include effective organizational communication, great teamwork, established work processes, and a written plan that protects employees. Leavitt Group’s loss control team is available to assist our clients with all facets of the IIPP implementation process from providing policy templates to hazard identification. To learn more about our loss control services, contact your Leavitt Group insurance advisor.
Recap: Tips for Success & Best Practices
- Involve employees, supervisors, and management
- Identify workplace hazards
- Provide effective training
- Regularly review and update IIPP