No business wants employees injured on the job. A serious fire, a permanent injury, or the death of an employee or owner can be devastating to both those involved and the business. You may not always be able to prevent any injuries, but you can definitely reduce the risk—and you can do it without breaking the bank. You do need to use good business sense, though, and apply sound prevention principles.
An accident happens because something went wrong. It may take some investigating to determine what, but an accident always has a cause. Once you know the cause, you can take steps to prevent future incidents.
Not all dangers require an accident to cause harm. Worker exposure to toxic chemicals or harmful levels of noise or radiation may happen in conjunction with routine work as well as by accident. You may not realize the extent of the exposure or harm that you and your employees face because the effect may not be immediate. Your safety plan should not only reduce accidents but also the risk of hazardous exposures.
It need not be difficult to develop a safety plan; it needs to address the types of accidents and health hazard exposures that could happen in your workplace. Since each workplace is different, your program should address your specific needs and requirements.
There are four basic elements to all good safety programs:
1. Management Commitment and Employee Involvement. The manager or management team leads the way by setting up the policy, assigning and supporting responsibility, setting a positive example and involving employees.
2. Worksite Analysis. The worksite is continually analyzed to identify all existing and potential hazards.
3. Hazard Prevention and Control. Methods to prevent or control existing or potential hazards are administered and maintained.
4. Training for Employees, Supervisors and Managers. Managers, supervisors and employees are trained to understand and deal with worksite hazards.
Regardless of the size of your business, you should use each of these elements to prevent workplace accidents and possible injuries and illnesses.
Developing a workplace program following these four points is a key step in protecting you and your workers’ safety and health. If you already have a program, reviewing it in relation to these elements should help you improve what you have.
Another aspect to consider when developing your program is the use of incentives to promote safety. Creating an Employee Safety Incentive Program can help encourage employees to follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines and thus reduce the number of preventable on-the-job injuries. An incentive-based program doesn’t have to be expensive and has the potential to engage employees and increase morale.
Following this approach to safety and health in your business may also improve efficiency and help you reduce insurance claims and other costs. While having a safety plan based on these four elements and/or an incentive-based program doesn’t guarantee compliance with OSHA standards, the approach will put you on the right track.
The key to the success of a safety plan is to make it a part of your business operation and day-to-day operations. As you implement the plan and incorporate it into your business culture, safety awareness will become second nature to you and your employees.
For help in creating a custom safety program for your workplace, contact your helpful agents at Roper Insurance today. Just click here to send us an email or give us a call at 303-721-1145.