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SB 198

Senate Bill 198 requires that all California employers establish, implement and maintain an Injury Prevention Program. This bill became law and enforcement began July 1, 1991.

The following are the minimum elements of an Injury Prevention Program:
  1. Identification of the person(s) responsible for the implementation of the program.
  2. A system to identify and evaluate work-place hazards.
  3. Methods and procedures for correcting unsafe or unhealthy conditions.
  4. Occupational Health and Safety Training Programs.
  5. A system of communication with employees on Occupational Health and Safety manners.
  6. A system to ensure that employees comply with safe and healthful work practices.
  7. Accident Investigation - a program to investigate all accidents.
  8. Supervisor safety training.
Senate Bill 198 also requires Cal Osha inspectors to verify the existence of this program. If you have an "Informal Safety Program," you will need to document the activities listed above. If you have a "Formal Safety Program," you should verify that your program covers each of the elements listed above. The state has some large penalties for not instituting a program.

Does your Safety Program measure up in documenting the above activities?
Contact Smith Mandel & Associates, LLP to help you get started.

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