Chapter 28:

Your Workplace Injury & Illness Program 

Information from Cal/OSHA
Updated as of June 2006

Chapter Contents:
Overview [below]
1. Why Have a Workplace Injury and Illness Prevention Program?
2. What is an Injury and Illness Prevention Program?
3. Safety Planning, Rules, and Work Procedures
4. Getting Started on Your Injury and Illness Prevention Program
5. Safety and Health Recordkeeping
6. Model Programs
7. Sources Of Information and Help
Appendix A. Model Policy Statements
Appendix B. Non-Mandatory Checklist Evaluation Injury and Illness Prevention Programs
Appendix C. Construction Safety Orders -- Code of Safe Practices



In California every employer has a legal obligation to provide and maintain a safe and healthful workplace for employees, according to the California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973. As of 1991, a written, effective Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP) is required for every California employer.

This chapter describes the employer's responsibilities in establishing, implementing, and maintaining an IIPP. It also outlines steps that can be taken to develop an effective Program that helps assure the safety and health of employees while on the job. The term "employer" as used in the Cal/OSHA Act includes any person or corporation, the State and every State agency, every county or city or district and public agency therein, which has any person engaged in or permitted to work for hire, except for household services.

This chapter is designed to help employers provide better workplace protection for their employees, and to reduce losses resulting from accidents and injuries. The material in this publication is based on principles and techniques developed by occupational safety and health professionals nationwide. It is intended to provide guidance, rather than prescribe requirements, and is not intended as a legal interpretation of any state standard.

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