Ergonomics Regulations and I2P2 (Part 2)
by Josh Kerst, CPE
The proposed Injury and Illness Prevention Program requirement — dubbed I2P2 was announced in April 2010 and hasn’t been written yet, but supporters and opponents are already weighing in on it. Here are some fast facts about I2P2:
- President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2012 budget request would give OSHA $2.4 million to develop the I2P2 initiative.
- OSHA has already held five I2P2 stakeholder meetings with employers, professional and trade associations, labor representatives and individual workers to review the proposed rule. The next step is a small-business panel review in June 2011.
- I2P2 is intended to help employers develop a systematic plan to find and fix workplace hazards that are currently covered under OSHA standards or that are currently covered under the General Duty Clause 5(a)(1).
OSHA is prohibited by law from promulgating “like or similar” legislation to the repealed 2001 ergonomics rule. However, it seems that the I2P2 initiative may work a vehicle to move enforcement ahead for the Obama administration without specifically tagging ergonomics.