The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) recently released a white paper concerning OSHA’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2) and expressing their support for the I2P2 standard. Outlined below is a brief overview of recommendations that the AIHA would like to see written into the policy. To read the full AIHA report, click here
Scope and Application:
Such standard should not exempt small employers or workplace based on the number of employees, or based on the injury/illness incident rates. The I2PS documentation should be clear and precise with only having needed and essential activities documented.
The I2P2 should address all hazards covered by OSHA standards. This should also focus on proactive identification and control of workplace hazards and risks. Along wit this, implementing a regular physical inspection of the workplace along with a review of relevant policies, procedures, and organizational practices.
Relationship to Existing OSHA Requirements:
The I2P2 standard should complement and support existing OSHA standards, requirements, and guidelines.
Organization and Regulatory Text:
The I2P2 standard should by written in clear and concise language that outlines basic requirements in a way that employers can understand, as there are many employers who do not employ EHS personal and therefor need to understand such information in a concise meaning.
According to case study information, moving to such standard would be cost-effective move for all who would be involved. By implementing such standards, this could help improve productivity and quality which would lower costs for businesses.