When is the last time you read your safety plan? Is it getting dusty? If you haven’t read it lately, it’s ok! Anytime is a great time to start improving your safety practices. And, you can create a more proactive safety program by examining a few aspects of your operations.
As part of the WorkSAFE Webinar series, we recently hosted a seminar titled “Other Duties as Assigned: Safety Management for the Non-Safety Professional” presented by senior safety and risk services trainer Mark Woodward.
Not able to tune in? You can watch here:
Here are a few takeaways and best practices we covered.
What are your costs?
You look at your bank balance and your home costs? Why not approach your cost to safety in the same way? Know your e-mod and understand how that affects your insurance cost.
Why did the incident occur?
Ask yourself: what were the minimal safety activities that occurred in the first place? When is the last time safety was discussed? What safety policies were documented? Know your injury management plan and what procedures were already in place before the incident occurred and take notes on improvement.
How can you improve future safety practices?
Be clear about your company’s safety expectations. Commit to regular safety meetings and training and document those meetings. Take time to inspect job sites, tools, buildings and vehicles. Enforce workplace safety policies including seatbelt, distracted driving, and drug-free workplace.
Notes to save: Top 10 Common Safety Mistakes
- Lack of timely reporting
- Lack of investigation
- No written safety rules
- No directed medical care
- No timely return to work
- No proof of safety enforcement
- Lack of a plan—employees perceive that their treatment isn’t organized
- Lack of communication with the injured worker
- Lack of communication with employer