Although it appears that OSHA will not finalize an I2P2 regulation in 2012, the organization is making efforts to promote injury and illness prevention programs. While these programs are not mandated, OSHA is sharing the powerful results of these programs through a white paper.
I am encouraged by the focus on I2P2 programs because we have seen the significant impact that a proactive approach to safety can have on an organization. And, why wouldn’t an organization implement such a program—that results in fewer injuries, illnesses and fatalities, and improves compliance? If you add those outcomes to financial benefits of reduced lost time and reduced premiums, it seems like a no-brainer.
Even though a regulation is not imminent, every organization should consider reviewing their existing state requirements for I2P2 programs. It’s also a good idea to explore current recommendations in OSHA’s guidelines and voluntary industry consensus standards.