(PRWEB) February 20, 2014
Within the past year, one safety manager was sentenced to over 6 years in prison for “falsifying records of workplace injuries.” The former safety manager had deliberately falsified injury and illness records in order to obtain bonuses of over $2.5 million. Dr. David Michaels, the assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, explains: “Injured workers were denied or delayed medical treatment. Underlying workplace safety issues went unaddressed. There is a better way. A comprehensive injury and illness prevention program in which employers commit to finding and fixing hazards can achieve real safety in the workplace.” (Article here)
OSHA has recently been placing an enhanced emphasis on Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, also known as IIPPs. With the roll-out of their Consultation Program, OSHA has been evaluating workplaces and helping to establish IIPPs to ensure compliance with OSHA standards. OSHA has also found a study that shows a “link between occupational safety and health and improved financial performance.” The study shows that there’s a pronounced correlation between a strong safety culture and improved stock market value. (Article here)
Putting together a comprehensive IIPP is an important step to stay compliant, reduce costs associated with injuries, and protect workers. IIPPs are required in 15 states and are a best practice that prevents losses and reduces the total cost of risk for organizations. OSHA explains that the essential components of an IIPP are “management leadership, worker participation, hazard identification, hazard prevention and control, education and training, and program evaluation and improvement.” (Article here)
Succeed Management Solutions, LLC, the leader in risk management software, has introduced a new IIPP Development Service to their lineup of services. By sending consultants to worksites to build IIPPs, Succeed hopes to assist companies in creating and maintaining a proactive safety culture. By developing a powerful and effective IIPP, organizations can substantially reduce workplace injuries and illnesses, while outlining safety responsibilities and accountabilities.
Succeed is conducting a free webinar on IIPP Development, the last week of February. Learn how to write and implement an IIPP specific to your workplace, to help ensure a safety culture. Available dates include February 25 at 9:00 AM PT or February 27 at 11:00 AM PT.
To learn more about the IIPP Development Service, please contact Succeed Management Solutions at clientservices(at)succeedms(dot)com.
To see more classes and webinars, please view Succeed's events page.
About Succeed Management Solutions, LLC
Succeed is the recognized leader in providing web-based Enterprise Risk Management solutions. Thousands of organizations use the Succeed Risk Management Center as a holistic solution to improve their risk management programs, implement web-accessible employee safety training programs, increase efficiencies, and lower the frequency and severity of claims and associated costs.
The Succeed Risk Management Center contains a suite of software applications that help manage claims and OSHA reporting (Incident Track™), behavior-based safety programs (BBS Track ™), hazard communication and Safety Data Sheets (SDS Track™), Return to Work programs (Job Description Track™), employee training (Training Track™), and third party insurance compliance (COI Track®). Succeed also offers other support services, such as managing Safety Data Sheets and creating custom training courses.