Remember R2D2, the adorable droid from the Star Wars films? Now, OSHA is considering a new rule known in short-hand as I2P2. While it’s not nearly as cute as R2D2, I2P2 or Injury and Illness Prevention Program, is designed to increase workplace safety and is a rule you will be hearing more about. Click here to read more.
According to a recent article in Industry Week, “In May, OSHA announced that the rule would require employers to create a plan for identifying and correcting hazards, and then implement the plan. Workers would have a role in the development and implementation of such plans.” The story quotes Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels as saying the agency is “asking employers to ‘find and fix’ the hazards in their workplaces.” To read the article, click here.
Occupational Health & Safety magazine reports that at the National Safety Council’s 2010 Congress and Expo in San Diego this month, Michaels said one of OSHA’s goals is for employers to establish a “culture of workplace safety” through the new program. He said that requiring an injury and illness prevention plan would level the playing field for employers and would help improve productivity. To read the article in OH&S, click here.
Businesses would be wise to plan ahead so they hit the ground running as soon as OSHA publishes the new rule.