Whether a business is big or small, a safety program is an essential part of keeping employees safe and premium costs down. Watch below as MEM’s Senior Safety and Risk Trainer, Mark Woodward, discusses four elements that make up a good safety program.
The goal of a safety program is to reduce injury risk and increase employee awareness on the job.
A quality safety program is made up of 4 key components:
- Written Safety Rules. Document every safety rule and expectation for your business. Keep them in a place that is easy to access.
- Communication to Employees. Employees need to know each safety measure they are responsible for. Communicate this information through training, monthly Toolbox Talks or one-on-one conversations. Schedule time ahead to share with employees and record their attendance.
- Monitoring Safety. Enforcing safety rules is just as important as having them. For example, if employees are expected to wear hard hats or eye protection, then check regularly to make sure they are worn.
- Corrective Action. If you notice a safety hazard or an employee in need of coaching, address and document it. Make sure to acknowledge and thank employees who are doing things right. This praise goes a long way in earning long-term buy-in from employees into safety efforts.