Four Steps to Improve Safety & Your Bottom Line
An environmental consulting company had no formalized safety process or educational opportunities for employees in different branch locations, resulting in high workers’ compensation costs and an EMR above 1.0. Assurance provided safety services to establish an Executive Safety team and safety information website. Next formal policies, procedures and processes were also enacted to effectively train employees and identify common risk factors.
What was the result?
- 25% reduction in the frequency of auto claims
- 90% company participation in monthly safety discussions
What did we learn?
The safety of your organization has more to do with your insurance costs than you think! And implementing a quality safety program is essential to reducing workplace accidents. Based on its Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines, OSHA has outlined four basic elements of a successful safety and health management program:
- Management Leadership and Employee Involvement
When the highest levels of management commit the necessary staff, money and time to ensure everyone on the worksite is protected from injury and illness hazards. Specifically, OSHA recommends annual review, goal setting and action planning at all levels of management, with input from employees across the spectrum of the organization.
- Worksite Analysis
OSHA recommends that all employers conduct a baseline survey to identify all safety and health hazards at the site at the time of implementation and control or eliminate (when possible) all hazards found. Reviewing employee injury records can also be valuable as they may identify a common cause. In addition, a worksite analysis will denote the conditions at the start of your program, establishing a baseline that will allow you to measure improvement.
- Hazard Prevention and Control
All hazards discovered during the Worksite Analysis should be eliminated if possible. Alternate control methods should be used for those hazards that remain. This may include engineering or administrative controls or the use of personal protective equipment. It is also recommended that you determine which OSHA standards apply to the work being conducted so individual safety and health programs can be established for each.
OSHA recommends that all employees receive sufficient training to understand what their individual safety and health responsibilities are, and how to fulfill them. Supervisors should personally provide each employee with safety materials and guidance pertaining to his or her job. Refresher training should occur periodically to keep standards high. If work environments or job tasks change, employees should receive updated instruction.
Creating an effective safety program for your organization based on OSHA’s Four-Point Program is a great first-step in reducing your organization’s workers’ compensation costs. This program, coupled with ongoing safety initiatives and program benchmarking, can mean thousands of dollars saved in premiums, increased productivity and reduced claims costs.
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