A Safety Program Primer
Aug 9, 2016
How much do injuries or illness cost your company? It’s a question worth asking. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s estimate, employers collectively pay almost $1 billion per week for direct workers’ compensation costs. If you think that figure only represents large companies such as manufacturers, petroleum or other dangerous worksites, reconsider. Common workplace injuries are slips, falls, repetitive motion, strains from lifting and falling objects; these can – and do – occur in professional offices, at schools and in grocery stores.
Companies that recognize and promote safe work environments cite reduced costs in a number of categories including health-care costs, lost time or shutdowns as the motivation behind promoting safety and wellness initiatives. Programs range from weekly, task-oriented programs to long-running programs that continue for years, with constant tweaks to keep them fun and relevant.
Rewarding employees early in the process will get the safety program off to a good start. Initial signup point bonuses, promotional products, a lunch or picnic promoting the project, signage and printed materials to excite the participants. “Some companies use the ‘fast’ marketing approach by having some easy-to-win contests or quizzes to put enough points into participants’ accounts that they almost immediately can see some award as being within their grasp or how they can bank points for higher valued lifestyle merchandise,” says Adams. Name brand merchandise earned through a point system has been shown to be effective for many companies.
Communication is key in successful programs. Participants want to see evidence that their peers are actively involved. Peer pressure is central to any program with the aim of changing company culture, but it doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Internal marketing doesn’t end with the launch of the program — in fact, that is the beginning. Whether it’s viewing a training video or completing a certification course, it means nothing if it is not recognized and celebrated. As program milestones are reached, it’s not just the employees who are celebrating, it’s also the management team. They know that when a safety program works, it saves much more than it costs. If you’d like to improve your bottom line, give us a call at APTCO.
Did You Know?
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- National Catfish Month
- National Immunization Awareness Month
- National Traffic Awareness Month
- National Water Quality Month
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