Applying an Error Reduction Model to an Injury and Illness Prevention Program- Steps to Improve an Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS)

Koshy Koshy, Michael Preustti, Mitchel A. Rosen


Implementing proactive steps to control workplace hazards is the key to an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). A model for an IIPP that incorporated error reduction techniques was developed by Rutgers through an OSHA Susan Harwood grant. A “user’s manual” outlining various strategies, techniques, and materials necessary to successfully administer and facilitate a sustainable IIPP and a one-day training course to assist practitioners implement the program, was developed as part of this program. A follow-up study with the 118 participants who attended the training showed that they were able to more effectively organize onsite safety committees, engage workers in the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) cycle, and develop peer mentorship programs. Latent issues including the lack of resources (time, staff, and funds) were seen as impediments to effective program deployment.

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