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OSHA is in the process of drafting a new regulatory requirement, currently known as I2P2, directed at mandating Injury and Illness Prevention Programs for the private sector. The stated goal of I2P2 is to help employers reduce workplace injuries and illnesses through a systematic process that proactively addresses workplace safety and health hazards. Currently, OSHA is proposing I2P2 include the following six components: management duties; employee participation; hazard identification and assessment; hazard prevention and control; education and training, and; program evaluation and improvement. Detailed information about I2P2 and OSHAs rulemaking process for this proposed regulatory requirement can be viewed on the Federal Register.

I2P2 may become law as soon as 2012. When issuing fines for standards violations, OSHA reduces the amount of the fine for those employers that have demonstrated a good faith effort to protect the health and safety of their workforce. OSHAs determination of good faith effort towards compliance is largely based on the presence and effectiveness of health and safety programs.

C&IH has developed various health and safety programs in accordance with best management practices as outlined in the ANSI Z10 standard. Our staff also provides program development and consulting for compliance and certification to OHSAS 18001:2007 (occupational health and safety management) and ISO 14001:2009 (environmental management) standards. The degree of program development provided by our staff is based on the needs of each client. C&IH will help you better understand the strengths and weaknesses of current OEHS programs and work with you to develop the appropriate programs that meet both regulatory compliance and your corporate goals.

If your company needs assistance developing health and safety programs and preparing for the expected regulatory changes of I2P2, C&IH can help in the following ways:

  • Review existing injury and illness prevention measures and their effectiveness
  • Introduce an effective risk assessment methodology, tailored for your specific business operations, to identify areas of susceptibility in your occupational health and safety programs
  • Establish goals and benchmarks for injury and illness prevention
  • Develop and implement programs to meet health and safety goals
  • Conduct on-site training for the prevention of injury and illness and to establish a culture of safety
  • Provide specific information regarding possible changes in OSHA regulations to better understand their impact on your company and how to be prepared

The Management System Solution

Implementation of an occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) management system is an integral component in any effort to improve workplace health and safety. Fines issued by OSHA can represent a significant, but only partial, expense when a company is faced with deficiencies in their health and safety program. Additional costs associated with insurance, downtime and lost productivity, employee retention and retraining, and a damaged public image can pose a long term impact to the financial health of a business. A properly designed and implemented OEHS management system will incorporate all the necessary health and safety programs to help a company control its health and safety risks.

C&IH can help clients develop OEHS management systems that enable organizations to control health and safety risks by implementing programs that extend to all job sites and all employees. Our experienced staff provides comprehensive, turn-key implementation of OEHS management systems and also helps clients receive certification for compliance to OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001, and ANSI Z10 standards.

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