Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2)

OSHA’s proposed I2P2 has been discussed over the past few months, and this year OSHA would like to move forward on implementing this program as a standard for businesses.  Today we would like to give an overview of what the I2P2 is exactly and look at this week those who are for the implementation of this standard, and those who are not.

I2P2 Background

Would require employers to implement Injury and Illness Prevention Programs.

  • Employers identify and mediate risks to workers.
  • Methods to provide workers with opportunities to participate in the program
  • Such program would be made available to workers so that they can understand and help monitor its implementation
  • Require employers to implement the program so that the program actually protects workers
  • Provisions to prevent employers from not covering workers by mis-classifying them as independent contractors

Provide employers the tools necessary to find and fix their own workplace safety and health hazards.

Enhance worker’s voice and participation in the process as well as establish guidelines the would proactively address workplace safety and health hazards and ultimately reduce injuries and illness.

I2P2 Benefits

OSHA believes that an injury and illness prevention program is a universal intervention that can be used in a wide spectrum of workplaces to dramatically reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries.

Every year 5,000 workplace fatalities and about 3.5 million workplace injuries  caused by the exposure to common chemicals, physical, and biological agents.  By implementing such a program this could help reduce such fatalities and injuries on the job.