Safety First: 10 Key Areas to Evaluate Your Safety Program
Analyzing the effectiveness of your safety program is no easy task, but it is absolutely critical. Start by evaluating 10 key areas:
- Have you defined how safety relates to your core business objectives? Do your top executives visibly support and participate in the safety program?
- Have you developed a multi-year plan to drive sustainable improvement? Did you integrate it with other key areas of the business?
- Do you have people in place with the right expertise to support your prevention efforts? Do they understand proven methods and are they aware of the newest trends in safety?
- Have you audited your safety program and procedures within the past 12 months to ensure it reflects current activities, adheres to regulatory requirements and best practices and is effective in reducing losses?
- Have you established measurable targets for all aspects of the safety program? Do you measure and communicate the results regularly?
- Are managers, supervisors and employees actively engaged in your safety program? Do you hold everyone accountable for activities and results?
- Is there a program to regularly identify and control hazards? Is there a process to identify and control behavioral issues on a regular basis?
- Is your employee training thorough, frequent and well enough to prepare you for an OSHA inspection or a lawsuit? Do employees retain and apply their knowledge when they return to their duties? Do you train your supervisors/managers on how to manage and lead safety efforts?
- When and if incidents occur, is there a process to thoroughly review the root cause and implement controls to prevent further losses? Are near misses well-reported and given the same attention?
- Is there a program to assist injured employees and return them promptly to work, even at a reduced capacity?
If you answered “no” to any of the questions above, there is room for improvement.
Remember that effective safety programs aren’t binders on the shelf, a slogan on the wall, a one-person job or a one-time event. It is the result of consistent, ongoing and focused efforts by every person, every day.
Contact a HUB International Risk Services advisor for more information.