If you want to become Self-Insured for Workers Compensation Insurance
in California you must apply to self insure for workers' compensation
with the Office of Self-Insurance Plans. As part of that
Application you are required to have an evaluation of the occupational
safety and health hazards in the workplace. Title 8, California
Code of Regulations, Section 15353 et seq. calls this an evaluation of
the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). The evaluation
must be performed by an independent professional who has not worked for
your company for the last five years (Free from conflicts of
interest). The professional must be any of the following, a
hygienist (CIH) , a certified safety
professional (CSP), or a
registered professional engineer (P.E.). Of
course we are qualified to do this and have conducted many such
evaluations over the years.
The agency is looking for an evaluation of the content of all required
written safety programs, not just the IIPP. The Agency
wants written proof that the programs have been implemented and are
effectively maintained. The agency requires that the evaluation
wall-to-wall hazard identification inspection according to Cal/OSHA
regulations. The CIH, CSP or PE is required to report their
opinion of the IIPP and the survey findings to you and subsequently to
the Office of Self-Insurance Plans. The CIH, CSP or PE
must state that your safety and health program meets legal
requirements. The purpose of the evaluation and opinion of the
CIH, CSP or PE is to assure the employees and the government that
the employer are able to provide a safe place to work without,
the support of loss prevention services of an insurance carrier.
The CIH, CSP or PE must visit the workplace and audit the written
and safety records and conduct the hazard identification
inspection. Hazards identified are reported to you in a
preliminary report. The agency requires that the hazards be
classified similarly as to a Cal/OSHA inspection with hazards shown as
either "serious" or "general" classifications. The agency
requires the hazards to be described as violations of regulations by
If a serious violation is found, you will be required to satisfactorily
correct the hazard before the CIH, CSP or PE's final report. The
CIH, CSP or PE will provide you with a corrections form and you will
complete the form describing serious hazard corrective actions.
The CIH, CSP or PE is then required by the agency to personally return
the workplace to verify satisfaction with the corrective action.
The employer is also encouraged to correct "general" hazards but this
action will not delay the report.
The CIH, CSP or PE then prepares the final report, stamped with their
We will perform this work for your company. In the event that you
need to produce an IIPP, we can do that work for you. We will
then not be able to perform the Self-Insurance evaluation, but we will
be able to assist you by locating a competent professional to evaluate
your IIPP and Health and safety program. We warrantee the IIPP
for the subsequent evaluation.
The cost for this work is negotiated before work is started and is a
time and material contract with a not to exceed cost
ceiling. Call me, Dan Napier, CIH, CSP at
800-644-1924 X 103 .