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Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 2013
California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation Announces Injury and Illness Prevention Program Training for Agriculture
OAKLAND —The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce Injury and Illness Prevention (IIPP) training and resources for agriculture. This training is part of the Commission’s Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP), a statewide effort aimed at reducing job-related injuries and illnesses among California workers. This program is administered by CHSWC through inter-agency agreements with the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at the University of California, Berkeley, the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS) at the University of California, Davis, and the Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program (LOSH) at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The training and resources for agricultural businesses, “Taking Action for Safety and Health: Implementing an Effective IIPP,” were developed for the agriculture industry by WCAHS and LOHP for CHSWC. These resources will help train participants to develop and implement an effective health and safety program at their workplace in the agricultural industry which meets the requirements of Cal/OSHA’s IIPP standard. Cal/OSHA enforces the requirements of this IIPP standard. Resource materials include a free guidebook, an easy-to-use model template for writing an IIPP, tools to help implement an IIPP, and resources for technical assistance.
CHSWC, created by the workers' compensation reform legislation of 1993, is charged with examining the health and safety and workers' compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation. CHSWC was established to conduct a continuing examination of the workers' compensation system and of the state's activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases and to examine those programs in other states.
Information about CHSWC is available at www.dir.ca.gov/chswc and information on the IIPP training and resources for general industry and for small businesses at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/chswc/WOSHTEP/iipp/. Information may also be obtained by writing to CHSWC at 1515 Clay Street, 17th Floor, Oakland, California, 94612; by calling (510) 622-3959; by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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