Small Businesses Learn Injury Prevention Practices from LOHP

Photo: Participants working together to create hazard maps of a workplace.
Participants working together to create hazard maps of a workplace.

Hundreds of small businesses from across California are taking advantage of the Labor Occupational Health Program’s (LOHP) half day training workshops designed to help owners and managers develop their Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPP).

To date, 165 participants representing 131 different businesses or workplaces have been trained. By July 2014, LOHP will deliver a total of 16 workshops in the cities of Stockton, Salinas, Bakersfield, Fresno, Sacramento, Vacaville, Pleasanton, Oakland, Monterey Park, Santa Ana, and more.

Here’s how participants described LOHP’s workshop:
“Group involvement really made the information pop.”
“Excellent program. This brings life to our current IIPP.”
“This really made me examine what we do - compared to what needs to be done.”

Organizer and trainer Robin Dewey notes the diversity of work settings represented at the training, such as auto body shops, hair salons, restaurants, and light manufacturing businesses with 10 to 50 employees. Dewey, coordinator of public programs for LOHP, likes to structure the program to encourage group interaction. Participants learn from each other, she says, brainstorming ideas to address hazards specific in their workplace. “Group involvement really made the information pop,” confirmed one participant.

Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations requires every employer to develop and implement an effective IIPP. But for multitasking small business owners, the responsibility can be daunting. They often tell Dewey they have an IIPP, but it sits shelved and unused. That is where the workshop comes in. Dewey and her co-trainer from Cal/OSHA Consultation Service help them tailor an action plan to begin implementing their IIPP. To learn more about LOHP training for small businesses, visit http://lohp.org/iipp or e-mail Robin Dewey at rdewey@berkeley.edu.

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