Accidents happen. That is not an excuse, but rather a reality whether the accident occurs in your home or at work.
by James West in Business Insurance on Wednesday, November 11, 2015
However, when accidents happen at work they cost time, money and productivity. So working to stop accidents before they happen is critical to ensuring you have a safe, healthy environment for your employees.
Part of fulfilling your responsibility to your employees is to create and implement a program that protects workers from injury and illness while on the job. Obviously, not all companies are created equal and plans must be customized to meet individual needs.
If you don’t have a safety plan in place or haven’t updated your program in awhile, here are a few thoughts to begin the process:
- Evaluate your most likely risks. You can’t prepare for everything, but you can plan for common scenarios.
- Examine existing safety procedures to determine any updates. New equipment could mean a change.
- Detail and post emergency medical procedures for handling injuries, transporting ill or injured workers, and notifying medical facilities with a minimum of confusion.
- Communicate with employees to get their input, as well keep them informed of any changes or additions to the safety plan.
- Understand how OSHA requirements pertain to your company.
Sound like a lot? It is. There is no doubt that keeping your workforce safe and healthy is a commitment, but it is an investment that pays off by controlling losses and improving employee productivity.
To learn how we can work with you to evaluate safety management efforts, program elements, hazard-specific controls and OSHA compliance, contact us today.