We’ve dedicated a good amount of space on our website and in our blog to Injury & Illness Prevention Plans (IIPPs). So by now, you probably already know that if you run a business (of any type) that has employees, your company needs an IIPP. It’s one of OSHA’s requirements, and getting caught without an IIPP can result in some steep fines. If you’ve been putting off creating an IIPP, for whatever reason, it’s time to take this requirement seriously and get it done!
So, who should write your company’s IIPP? If you have someone on your staff who is already familiar with health and safety training and best practices, that person would be the obvious choice. Maybe that’s a supervisor or the person in your company who is in charge of human resources-related tasks. If that person is you, the owner of the company, you could certainly take on the task of creating an IIPP, but that is probably not the best use of your time. While having an IIPP is certainly important, you are likely doing other things that are much more profitable to your business.
If there is realistically no one at your company with the time or the expertise to create an IIPP that will meet OSHA’s standards, you should consider outsourcing this task. Yes, you will have to spend some money to go this route, but it can be money well spent—especially when you consider the time it would take for you or one of your employees to research all the requirements and then put together a comprehensive plan.
At Diamond Touch Strategies, we have already done all the research related to IIPP requirements. We have gone through the OSHA compliance training to ensure that we have an accurate understanding of what they require of businesses when it comes to IIPPs. We know what OSHA inspectors will be looking for if they ask to see your IIPP. In short, they will want to see a detailed plan that is specific to your business—your employees, equipment, facilities, business activities, and all the potential hazards related to these things.
The IIPP we create for your business will be incredibly thorough. Prior to writing it, we will come to your place of business and do an evaluation to identify any potential health and safety risks. We will then develop a plan that will include things like training programs, inspection and maintenance schedules, health and safety-related protocols, and a system for investigating and reporting work-related injuries and illnesses.
We will put the IIPP together in the format that an OSHA inspector would want to see and make sure you have a copy on hand for your employees and OSHA inspectors to review at any time.
Contact us at DTS to learn more about our IIPP creation services. Our rates are extremely competitive for the level of service and expertise we provide. We are also happy to answer any initial questions you may have about IIPPs or OSHA compliance.