In 1991, the state of California passed legislation requiring businesses and institutions to implement an Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). In response, Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) developed the campuswide IIPP document (PDF) (Word).
The IIPP has 5 main goals:
- Protect the health and safety of employees.
- Improve employee morale.
- Reduce workers' compensation claims.
- Reduce the time spent to replace or reassign injured workers.
- Minimize the potential for code-violation penalties from regulatory agencies.
Responsibility for maintaining a safe workplace has been delegated from the chancellor to department heads, managers, and supervisors.
Responsibilities are broken down into 6 main duties:
- Hazard identification and awareness – Conduct periodic safety inspections of all spaces. Use the IIPP forms appropriate for your facility.
- Accident investigation – Investigate all accidents, injuries, and near-misses, and make appropriate changes to minimize recurrence.
- Hazard mitigation – Correct conditions that are discovered during inspections or reported by employees.
- Training – Know the hazards employees face and ensure they're trained to perform their work without illness or injury. Initial IIPP training is required for every UCSD employee. EH&S also offers specialized safety training in many areas.
- Communication – Ensure a free flow of safety information through bulletin boards or periodic discussions. Encourage employees to report potential safety problems.
- Documentation – Keep safety training, inspection, and accident investigation documents in a centralized file handy for inspectors.