An Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) is a formal, written copy of a company's risks, safety policies and procedures, and a plan to keep workers safe and healthy.
According to OSHA:
Injury and Illness Prevention Programs are universal interventions that can substantially reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries and alleviate the associated financial burdens on U.S. workplaces. Many states have requirements or voluntary guidelines for workplace injury and illness prevention programs. Also, numerous employers in the United States already manage safety using Injury and Illness Prevention Programs and we believe that all employers can and should do the same. Most successful injury and illness prevention programs are based on a common set of key elements. These include: management leadership, worker participation, hazard identification, hazard prevention and control, education and training, and program evaluation and improvement.
Decades ago, we would prepare these documents for corporations and smaller businesses, including Motorola, Rockwell, General Instrument, Cannon, and others. Today, a business of any size can (and should) download easy resources direct from OSHA to customize and implement for the success of their business and healthy productivity if workers. 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.
- New Video: We Can Do This! Hear from employers and workers about the benefits of Injury and Illness Prevention Programs
- Injury and Illness Prevention Programs Fact Sheet (OSHA FS-3665 - 2013) (English: PDF)
- Injury and Illness Prevention Programs Assistance Presentation [PPTX*]
- "Injury and Illness Prevention Programs White Paper" January 2012 [PDF]
- Frequently Asked Questions
In addition, Thirty-four states have some type of program initiatives for worker safety and health protection. These programs have a variety of names, including: Accident Prevention Programs, Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, and Comprehensive Safety and Health Programs. The States' programs also come in a variety of forms. They may be voluntary or mandatory, comprehensive or partial, applicable to all employers or only to a subset, and may be provided by the State occupational safety and health agency or through the State's workers' compensation system. Links to each State's requirements are provided below:
+ OSHA-approved State Plan
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