You Could Take A Different Approach - 08/27/2018

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Monday, August 20, 2018


You Could Take a Different Approach

You've been going along accident-free, believing that a safe workplace and compliance will take care of itself and . . . BAM! An employee is involved in a serious accident, you receive thousands of dollars in OSHA citations, you're notified that your workers' compensation premiums are going to go up by more than 10%, or one of your best clients lets you know that you must meet certain prequalification safety requirements or you will not be able continue working for them.

What do you do?

You could do what many employers do and react to the situation by quickly putting someone in charge who has little or no knowledge of workplace safety and compliance (an office manager or supervisor), tell them to do what they need to do to solve the immediate issue, then hope for the best . . . Or you could take a different approach.

Take a step back and analyze where you are today and then establish a safety plan that requires everyone's involvement from upper management to the newest employee. A plan that will not only help you to deal with your current situation, but also help prevent future exposure.

Which approach would you take?

I hope you chose the second more proactive approach. One that when implemented correctly will change a company's safety culture while protecting their most valuable assets - employees, company reputation and profits.

And yes, I said profits.

It's a fact that the costs associated with workplace accidents and noncompliance can be staggering, costing employers thousands of dollars in lost profits. In fact I have seen workplace accidents and noncompliance put companies out of business.

Now, let's look at what you can do to help ensure your company is in the best position to take a proactive approach to workplace safety and compliance.

First you need to start with where you are today with workplace safety and compliance. Here are 4 things you can do to better understand your current situation:

1. List everything that you are currently doing to help maintain a safe workplace and compliance. This could include putting on safety meetings, maintaining a safety program, meeting third party prequalification safety requirements, workplace safety inspections and more.

2. Pull together any information you have regarding your current safety policies and procedures. This could be a safety program or any other safety related information you have used to put together regarding safety.

3. List everyone that has been involved in the development and implementation of your safety program.

4. Locate documentation of your safety efforts. This could include items like training documentation, completed safety meetings with sign-in sheets, completed OSHA 300 Logs (last 3 years), current EMR, workplace safety inspections and employee safety enforcements.

With this information you'll be able to see where you currently are and what you are doing leading you to the next thing you need to know.

Where you want to be.

We'll talk more about that next week. Until then, really look at where your company stands when it comes to workplace safety and compliance.

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Thanks for Reading and Please - Work Safe This Week!

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