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Tips for Successful Workplace Employee Safety Programs

Implementing an effective safety incentive program is often perceived as a huge undertaking for a company. In March I published an entry on how to set up a successful safety program. I wanted to build on this topic and provide more insights and details for those re-evaluating a current program or thinking about implementing a new safety initiative.

In order to set up workplace safety goals of improvement, the first place to start is to identify the different hazards that exist at every location managed by the company. One tip is to incorporate workers into this process as many times they know where hazards exist and can provide insight into how to change procedure to avoid injury while still being able to get the job done. In addition, employees can help to create MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) booklets and posters to keep at workstations. Involving employees will make them feel more invested in the safety program and will help to make the program more successful.

Once the safety incentive program is established usually a safety committee is created to evaluate the safety incentive program in regular intervals. I recommend that the safety program is evaluated on at least a quarterly basis by safety program administrators or the safety committee. In my experience, the members of the workplace safety committee are often given additional safety points or allowed to select gifts from higher priced collections as an added reward for being a committee member. I think this is a great tip for organizations as it is vital to make sure committee members see the safety incentive program as a worthwhile initiative.

Although the safety committee members may have a greater level of understanding the safety program, all employees need to be empowered and informed when it comes to the safety program. An article from Today’s Facility Manager points out, “Giving workers the understanding necessary to complete a job, recognize hazards, and know how to prevent an injury must never be overlooked…Ultimately, this increases the effectiveness of a [safety] training program.”

Safety in the workplace continues to be a major objective of employers because of both the tangible costs of on-the-job accidents or fatalities and the human or intangible factors. Utilizing these tips when re-evaluating a current program or when implementing a new program will help to ensure your company has a successful workplace safety program.

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