OSHA’S I2P2 is here!

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Not R2D2, but this I2P2 may be the program (droid?) we’ve been looking for…

So, it’s not called I2P2, but it sure looks like what I’ve been waiting for OSHA to release for years. California has it’s IIPP, Minnesota has it’s AWAIR, now there’s something for everyone from the federal level.

OSHA’s new guidance for employer safety and health programs includes seven sections that are reminiscent of requirements already set forth by some state plans. Dr. David Michaels unveiled this initiative at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Anaheim, CA today and encouraged safety and health professionals to share the campaign.

At first glance, it appears to be a great tool for those evaluating or establishing their safety and health program. A recommended practices guide is available for download and OSHA reminds employers that they do not need an outside consultant to initiate a safety and health program. A multi-pronged approach is recommended that includes do-it-yourself steps and use of OSHA’s Consultation services. That said, if you need me, I’m here for you!

The Core Elements include factors related to management and worker participation; hazard identification, prevention, and control; training; evaluation and improvement of the program; and coordination with other parties including host employers, contractors, and staffing agencies. Each of the seven sections has two to six action items with further information and guidance.

The Actions Items I quickly perused after receiving today’s OSHA Quick Takes newsletter are well-written. They reference OSHA standards, definitions, and best practices. It is a holistic look at OSHA standards, without getting too into the weeds. However, the guidance may be almost too much for an employer who may be starting from scratch. For business owners in that position, I strongly suggest hiring a safety professional, either internal or a consultant, and utilizing your local OSHA office’s Consultation services.

For those established in the safety field, OSHA has provided a new tool called the Crosswalk to Existing OSHA Standards. This document follows the holistic approach and resembles a document many of us have either attempted to create or have wished existed, especially if your work includes General Industry and Construction. As I click around the guidance, there are many “easter eggs” for us veteran safety pros – I’ll post more as I find them!

Bottom line – whether you’re new to safety or an established pro – OSHA has provided something new that you will want to take a look at.

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