California employers are required to have a written workplace safety program in place called an Injury and Illness Prevention Program. As the California Department of Industrial Relations explains, the only employers who are exempt from this IIPP requirement are those with fewer than 10 employees or, if they are not designated as a high-hazard industry, fewer than 20 employees.
The IIPP must do the following four things:
In addition to the four main IIPP components, an employer must designate the employee(s) with the authority and responsibility to implement the program. The employer also must do the following:
Finally, employers are required to regularly review and update their IIPP to ensure that it is and remains effective. An effective IIPP not only improves the health and safety of workers, but also encourages good relations between management and workers and reduces overall company costs.