RISK PREVENTION—What do a telecommunications company, a lumber company and a waste removal company have in common? Businesses in all three of these types of industries are clients of American Risk Managers.
All of these businesses also have top-notch safety plans that are instrumental in keeping their employees safe.
We’ve also had the privilege of working with dozens and dozens of other companies from different industries during our 40-plus-year history.
Could any of the safety-related changes, policies or programs these companies implemented help your company? We think so.
Looking back with a focus on safety, we’ve pulled together some of our clients’ most successful programs.
10 Proven Safety Programs For YOUR Business:
- Provide safety training programs as part of all your new employees’ regular training processes. By focusing on safety during the introductory phase, your business makes the strong impression that safety is a requirement of company employment.
- Get all of your employees involved with the design and installation of your company’s safety program. By feeling involved, employees will get a sense of ownership, which will raise the level of their adherence to the program’s rules.
- Periodically review all of your company’s currently-valued loss runs (claims histories) to define a clear safety status. This information can then be used to establish an order of approach in dealing with safety needs.
- Conduct all of your safety meetings on company time. Being paid to attend these meetings shows your employees the importance your company places on safety and safe work habits.
- Form an inspection group of management and non-management personnel to conduct periodic reviews. Inspection goals should include ascertaining housekeeping conditions and the state of repair of all machinery and equipment.
- Establish safety monitors among your employees to help promote personnel adherence of all safety rules. Safety monitor roles should be changed out on a rotating basis.
- Develop a light-duty work section—with less strength requirements—for injured employees. This program can reduce loss-time accidents, keep employees work-hardened and get employees back to work sooner. (They’ll also have less time at home to become interested in TV lawyer ads.)
- Establish safety contests. Create meaningful prizes for the winners that can be awarded to the employees’ wives or significant others. (Wives are much better motivators than company supervisors.) Female employees could award their husbands, while unattached employees might choose to award their mothers.
- Enhance your employees’ driving skills with defensive driving classes. Have instructors conduct the trainings on-site and include interested employee family members who are of driving age. This program could also lead to insurance policy discounts.
- Develop a bonus program with paid off-duty time for employees with safe work records. Design the program so that employees with no work-related injury absences for a certain period of time would be eligible for these bonuses.
Whether you choose to implement any of these programs or are just inspired to brainstorm some new programs of your own, keeping SAFETY FIRST is always a lifesaver and a timesaver.
Plus, one of the many byproducts of an accident-free workplace is lower Workers’ Compensation premium costs. So, safety can also be a money saver!
If your company doesn’t have a safety plan in place, now is a great time to start one.
If you work with an Independent Risk Manager, they can certainly steer you in the right direction. They’ll also get your insurance provider involved to see if they have any handy resources or free employee safety training.
You can also find more valuable tips on helping your business in our Risk Resources Section.
And please let us know if we can be of assistance in saving you time, money and worry.
Keep Your Employees Healthy And On-The-Job Today. Reap The Benefits And Savings Tomorrow.
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