Injured workers cost millions of dollars annually in insurance premiums, low production, time, low employee morale, and training for new or temporary employees. Putting a safety program in place is a must. Providing a safe workplace for your employees is crucial, to employee’s health and your bottom line. We suggest six simple steps to get the best safety practices in place for your company.
Hiring an experienced safety manager is crucial, and should not be overlooked. There is legislation in place, federal, state and local, that mandates companies offer clearly defined safety practices for their employees and a safe work environment. Your safety manager should be “in the know,” keeping a tight watch on any regulation affecting your business.
Safety practices and procedures are pretty pointless for both employees and corporations without individual accountability. Employees must have a clear understanding of what is expected from them and should be recognized when workplace safety is properly practiced. Consequently, employees must also be notified when they are not putting their best “safety” forward. This benefits companies and employees – everyone learns and understands how to reduce costs while improving quality and production.
3. Safety Hazards
One primary goal of any safety plan is a comprehensive method for identifying and handling safety hazards. Warning signs and detailed instructions for removal of fluids and toxic materials are necessities, and should be posted in a location employees can easily see. These simple steps can cut thousands of dollars annually, per employee, on high insurance premiums and costs accrued due to employee injury.
Response is crucial. Your safety manager should develop an emergency response action plan and train all employees so they are acutely aware of actions that must be taken should a fellow employee sustain an injury. Emergency response phone numbers should be posted as well as a list of nearby hospitals and medical facilities.
Not only can your insurance provider ensure you are correctly classified, they can also provide compensation trends information to you. These details can protect you from over-paying your premiums by thousands of dollars each year.
If an accident takes place, be ready to talk about it. Sit down with employees and review the cause; if there were hazards that went unnoticed; the response and what your company can do to better protect them in the future. If you must make changes to your safety policy, do it. Review your safety policy with your teams, and make sure they are ready to begin enforcing.