People open businesses in Orange County for a variety of reasons. Some want the flexibility that comes with being their own bosses. Others are looking to be in more control of their financial future. However, probably no one starts a business because they like all of the rules and regulations that come along with it. They see those more as a necessary evil—things that they have to deal with in order to reap any of the benefits that come from business ownership.
Most Orange County business owners know about things like getting a business license and paying for workers compensation insurance for their employees. But there are some other compliance issues that come as a surprise to new employers. For example, every employer needs to have an Injury & Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP) in place. This is a requirement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that says that all employers have an effective, written plan that outlines how they will handle workplace health and safety issues.
If you are a Orange County business owner with employees and don’t currently have an IIPP, you are out of compliance and can be fined by OSHA. Your next question will probably be, “Where do I get an IIPP that will be in compliance with OSHA’s requirements?”
Unfortunately, there are no IIPPs that you can simply purchase or easily download from the internet that will satisfy OSHA’s requirements for an IIPP. An IIPP needs to be created specifically for your business. OSHA is looking for you to create a health and safety plan that addresses the specific hazards at your workplace and puts a plan in place to protect your workers. The plan needs to include detailed systems, procedures, and trainings that will help prevent incidents from occurring at your workplace. It also needs to include an effective system for reporting any incidents that do occur.
Fortunately, you don’t have to figure this all out on your own. If you are a business owner in Orange County, there is a company that can assist you in the creation of an IIPP. DTS specializes in small business compliance issues and are experts at crafting an Orange County IIPP that meets OSHA’s requirements. They will come onsite and assess your workplace, as well as its activities and equipment, and create a health and safety plan that will be easy to follow and also satisfy any OSHA inspectors that show up at your place of business. It won’t be a generic, cookie-cutter printout. Rather, it will be detailed and specific to your business—which is what OSHA requires.
Now you may be wondering, “How much will that cost for a company to produce an IIPP on my behalf?” The answer is, “probably not as much as you think.” DTS provides competitive pricing for creating an IIPP for Orange County businesses. They are also happy to answer any questions you may have before you get started to make sure you are completely comfortable with the service they will be providing.