California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 3203 state that a workplace must devise and implement an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) for all employees within the organization. Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) meets these requirements through the implementation of the UCLA IIPP. The objectives of the UCLA IIPP are to:
- Create, maintain and reinforce a safe university environment to protect the health and safety of employees, students and visitors
- Demonstrate management commitment and concern for employee safety
- Maintain compliance with health and safety codes
- Improve efficiency by reducing lost work time due to illness and injuries
- Reduce workers' compensation claims and costs.
To meet these objectives, the UCLA IIPP Template can be used to customize a written program that is specific to your department. The template includes 8 essential components as mandated by CCR Title 8, Section 3203:
- Introduction and Scope: General summary of the departmental safety program and objectives
- Responsibilities: Roles and accountabilities of supervisors, employees, safety committee members, etc., with regard to the IIPP
- Identification and Evaluation of Workplace Hazards: Includes safety inspections overview, hazard recognition and evaluation procedures
- Correcting Workplace Hazards: Corrective actions/items/plans, suitable timetables for completion, and responsibilities of the department for the completion of action items
- Communicating Workplace Hazards: Methods of communication, such as safety committee meetings, Job Safety Analysis (JSA) forms, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), safety bulletins, equipment operating manuals, emergency response plan, etc.
- Incident, Injury and Illness Reporting and Investigations: Protocol for reporting and investigating all incidents or injuries, near misses, and "serious injuries" through the appropriate forms and contact information
- Training and Documentation: Conducting and documenting departmental safety trainings and meetings
- Compliance: Disciplinary actions to be taken in response to non-adherence to the safety program policies and procedures
Safety professionals at EH&S genuinely care about your safety and well-being, and are available to help you with your departmental safety program. To learn more about the development and implementation of your IIPP, contact EH&S or visit your departmental management team for more information.