The Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) is a written workplace safety program. The IIPP ensures that employees have healthy and safe work practices to follow, training programs to assist with these practices, and ways to communicate about health and safety matters.
The State of California requires that every employer establish and implement an effective injury and illness prevention program to identify hazards and correct them before they cause and injury or illness. Accordingly, all faculty and staff are to ensure that safe and healthful conditions and practices are provided in their areas of control.
California Labor Code Section 6401.7 (Chapter 1369, Statues 1989); California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 3203; CSU Occupational Health & Safety Policy (Executive Order 1039)
California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Department of Industrial relations (Cal/OSHA)
In California, Senate Bill 198, adopted during the 1989 legislative session, reminded employers that they are accountable for the safety and health of their workers. SB198 was codified in the California Insurance and Labor Codes on October 2, 1989. Later, on December 13, 1990, General Industry Safety Orders (GISO) section 3203 in the California Code of Regulations was amended regarding workplace Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPP).
The amendments require every employer to establish, implement and maintain an effective injury prevention program including, but not limited to, a written program for identifying and evaluating hazards; procedures for correcting unsafe conditions; a system for communicating with employees; regularly scheduled safety meetings; employee training programs; compliance strategies; on-going documentation/recordkeeping; and identification of a person responsible for the program.
In January of 2009, the Chancellor’s Office of the California State University enacted Executive Order 1039 (EO1039) to establish practices that enhance the safety of the faculty, students, staff, and volunteers in the CSU. EO 1039 was updated in November of 2021 to provide a framework for Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) processes, assessment, accountability, and reporting in order to be in line with the IIPP.
Although the provisions of this law and implementing regulations apply only to employees, the University is committed to providing for the health and safety of students and the public as well.
This program applies to all University employees, volunteers, students and visitors. It applies to all university programs and activities wherever they occur, whether on or off-campus, at any facilities owned, leased or controlled by Stanislaus State. University auxiliary and affiliate organizations are responsible for applying similar practices to their respective programs and activities.
Under this program the University is to maintain a campus environment for faculty, staff, students and the public that will not adversely affect their health and safety nor subject them to avoidable risks of accidental injury or illness, insofar as it is reasonably within its control to do so. No student or employee will be required to perform any task which is determined to be unsafe or unreasonably hazardous.
To accomplish this, departments shall provide facilities and equipment that meet all federal, state and local safety laws and regulations, and will promulgate appropriate policies, standards and procedures for governing campus health and safety programs.
While the overall responsibility for campus health and safety rests with the President, the immediate responsibility for workplace health and safety belongs to each campus employee who performs a supervisory role. In addition, individual employees are responsible for preventing campus accidents. Accordingly, all faculty and staff are to ensure that safe and healthful conditions and practices are provided and followed within the areas under their control, and all members of the campus community are to cooperate fully with all aspects of the various campus health and safety programs.
Updated: May 11, 2023