BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department
BS in Agricultural Systems Management
Richard A. Cavaletto
The Horticulture and Crop Science department had created their own Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) which was placed online using Cal Poly’s “PolyLearn” module. The program had just been created and generally covered some of the basic IIPP elements required by CalOSHA law, however it had various points of improvement to fulfill all IIPP regulations. It was found that the program content was not in compliance with CalOSHA laws regarding hazard inspection, training, and record keeping, but through meetings with the various department staff, these areas were brought into compliance with CalOSHA requirements, or are expected to be soon.
Also, the effectiveness of using this online module to communicate the program’s various elements was unknown. Thus an analysis was performed, through meetings with the program’s main users, to gauge its effectiveness. The online module’s ability to communicate safety information was found to be an easily accessible resource for the students/faculty/staff to find applicable training/informative safety documentation.
Finally, a cost comparison was performed showing the cost differences between the estimated IIPP creation cost, the HCS department’s potential liability level, and the effect of a potential Worker’s Compensation claim on the University’s WC Premium rate. It was found that the lowest cost of all three compared values was the estimated cost to create an IIPP. This data was used to show the monetary benefits of investing in an IIPP versus the legally assumed liability without.
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