Monday, February 20, 2012

I2P2

I2P2 is an abbreviation for “Injury and Illness Prevention Program”.  In January OHSA released a white paper outlining the benefits of an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program, a potential new rule that would require employers to implement a program to find and fix hazards in their workplaces before accidents occur.
In an attempt to proactively control and reduce the extent and severity of work-related injuries and illnesses, an I2P2 defines the minimum acceptable work practices at a work site and provides a structured system of responsibility and authority to address workplace safety and health hazards on an ongoing basis.  The key elements required for a successful I2P2 include:
·         Management and leadership
·         Worker participation
·         Hazard identification and assessment
·         Hazard prevention and control
·         Education and training
·         Program evaluation and improvement
The benefits of an effective system that proactively finds and fixes safety and health hazards can arguably be worth the time and effort required to implement such a program. Companies who participate in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) will find these core elements familiar and may already be well prepared for a potential new I2P2 rule.  These basic elements are common to almost all existing health and safety management programs.
When effective, an I2P2 prevents the suffering caused by illness, injury and death at the workplace, as well as the financial costs to both workers and employers.  The results of this proactive process can lead to benefits such as higher efficiency, greater worker productivity, and lower costs.  

We are tracking this regulation closely in order to provide our clients with the appropriate learning program. If you would like to participate in the program development process as a committee member, please send us and email at inquiries@resourcedev.com to express your interest.
For more information, please see the OSHA white paper.