Implementing A Safety Program And Getting A Flu Shot - 11/07/2011

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Monday, November 7, 2011
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Implementing a Safety Program and Getting a Flu Shot

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The other day I was talking to my two older daughters and I asked if they had gotten a flu
shot. Both work in the medical field so I assumed they would have already taken care of it.
My daughter Jenna said she had gotten hers already because if she didn't, she would have
to wear a surgical mask throughout the flu season when she was around patients. I said
that I had been thinking about it, but hadn't gotten to it yet.
So what does this have to do with safety? I began to think how much implementing a
safety program and getting a flu shot have in common.
The first thing that came to mind is the most obvious. When you implement a safety
program, it helps to prevent employee accidents. Likewise, the flu shot helps to prevent the
flu.
The second is a little less obvious, but I think you'll understand. You may remember that I
mentioned that I was thinking about getting a flu shot. I still haven't and there is a reason
for that. I've never had a flu shot. And while I have had the flu, it has never been so
bad that I thought I would definitely get the shot next season. But it's always in the back of
my mind that maybe this is the year I should get one.
For many companies, implementing a safety program is similar to me getting a flu shot this
year. They think about it, they have a pretty good safety record with no serious accidents,
and their exposure to OSHA citations has been limited or not at all, so there is no urgency
to get their program going.
On the other hand, we hear from companies all the time that they have to get a safety
program and implement it or they won't be able to bid on a job or start work. We also hear
from those that need to do the same to get insurance, worker's comp or bonding. Like my
daughter who had to get a flu shot or wear a mask to work for the next several months
(clearly not something she was looking forward to by her tone and expression), many
companies don't worry about having and/or implementing safety programs until they feel
it's necessary to avoid the more negative alternatives (like going without work or facing
higher insurance premiums).
By now you should be able to see the similarity between implementing a safety program
and getting a flu shot. Implementing a safety program will protect your company's
Employees, Reputation and Profits while a flu shot will help protect you from the flu. Both
have real value! Well, now that I've convinced myself of the value of a flu shot, I'm going to get mine this
week. I hope if you have not taken the time to implement your company's safety program
yet, you'll get started this week.
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