Five Tips to Improve Your On-The-Job Safety Program

Five Tips to Improve Your On-The-Job Safety ProgramConstruction work by nature can present many hazards, but practicing on-the-job safety helps keep employees safe and healthy, and keeps workers’ compensation costs down. However, if an on-the-job accident does occur, employers may not fully realize the impact a workplace accident could have on their organization. Workers’ compensation costs could influence an organization’s bottom line for years to come, with expenses ranging from initial treatment costs to lost production time and increased insurance premiums. These expenses demonstrate the importance of a well-rounded safety program that keeps employees informed of the latest policies to stay safe on a job site.

A comprehensive safety program fosters a safe work environment, reduces the occurrence of on-the-job accidents and protects your bottom line from workers’ compensation claims. Applying a dynamic safety program that is compliant with Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards is the key to spending fewer workers’ compensation dollars in the future.

Here are five ways to improve your on-the-job safety program:

1. Build an Occupational Safety and Health Administration- compliant program
The first step toward creating a well-rounded safety program is to ensure that it achieves OSHA compliance. OSHA-compliant programs have less accidents, more productive employees and lower workers ‘compensation costs. Create a written safety program that is regularly communicated to employees to avoid incidents like excessive lacerations from misusing personal protective equipment or muscle strains due to incorrect lifting technique.

2. Integrate the safety program into daily operations
A written manual outlining your safety program’s policies and procedures is great start, but employees actually practicing the precautions on a day-to-day basis is even better. Ingrain safety program practices into daily operations to prevent accidents, and require supervisors to know the program well. Provide supervisors with training to learn the necessary knowledge and skills to guarantee that your safety program is integrated into day-to-day operation.

3. Investigate all injuries and illnesses
Investigating injuries and illnesses up front can save money in the long run. Workers’ compensation is designed to compensate employees for injuries or illnesses that occur due to conditions faced on the job. To reduce the costs associated from workers ‘compensation claims, you’ll need to reduce the number of accidents that occur. Investigating accidents fully, rather than just reporting them, can shed light on the root causes of claims, which can help you reduce accidents in the future. 

4. Provide training to develop safety competence in all employees
Offer training as often as necessary to ensure that all new employees know and understand the practices outlined in your safety program. Training is also a good refresher for more seasoned employees – everyone can use a reminder. Every employee should know what is expected of them when it comes to implementing your safety program.

5. Design a safety program that continuously improves
Successful safety programs focus on being proactive.  Listen to your employees and evaluate your safety program to see what works. Ask for employee feedback about your training methods, and your safety policies and procedures. Engaged employees are satisfied, and their performance may improve.  

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