A New Year's Resolution We Can All Benefit From... Improve Your Safety Program
As we begin 2013, if you are like most people, you have probably made a New Year’s Resolution. Consider the same for your business and more specifically, your injury prevention program.
Consider these ideas or brainstorm with your safety committee and/or leadership team:
- Focus on company specific exposures - Work with your agent to review injury claims and loss runs. Refer to your OSHA 300 log to determine areas of opportunity.
- Develop a formal safety training agenda - OSHA compliance is a start but should not be the finish. Remember 15% of claims are associated with unsafe conditions, but 85% are caused by unsafe behaviors.
- Conduct quality Event Investigations - Determine root cause and take corrective actions. Remember, look for the Facts, not Fault and operational involvement is key to an effective program. (Visit the MEMIC Safety Director for program materials)
- Utilize your resources - Internal (supervisors/experienced workers, safety committee, leadership, HR) and external (MEMIC loss control, state consultation services, private consultants, your insurance agency).
- Recognize and reward positive behaviors - Consider implementing a formal program that reinforces positive actions taken by employees at all levels.
- Pre-plan activities with a focus on safety & injury prevention - Have you considered implementing a Job Hazard Analysis Program? This may be the year to get it done!
- Provide leadership accountability training - Integrate safety with business goals. Management commitment is one of the foundations of a comprehensive health and safety program.
- Explore ways to increase employee involvement - Examples include safety committees, routine self-inspections, participation in training agendas, and company sponsored activities/programs.
- Implement a formal routine self-inspection program - What does OSHA want from businesses? Identify hazards and correct them! Get out there and inspect your workplace and implement follow up corrective actions.
Reduce injury claim frequency and severity by implementing these nine objectives and communicating them as part of a formal SMART Goal. To learn more about SMART goals, check out a 2008 Smart Goal posting from the Safety Net, or search online, keyword- SMART Goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely).
Have a Happy, and SAFE, New Year!
Posted by Eric Grant