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A Safe Work Culture Starts with You

October 5th, 2012

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Workplace safety is on the minds of every HR manager and business owner today, due to the rising costs of workers’ compensation cases and medical insurance. The Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) advises that as of their most recent data “Nearly 3.1 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported among private industry employers in 2010” This cost companies over $700 million in lost revenues.

Therefore, it is up to every organization to develop a safety policy that can help to reduce workplace accidents and illness, as well as other types of hazardous events in the work environment. Essentially, a safe work cultures starts with you – the HR manager.

Developing a Workplace Safety Culture

Getting employees on board with a safety program takes careful planning and continual education. A shift in attitude is not something that happens overnight. But with positive re-enforcement, ongoing training, and incentives this can be achieved. Here are some steps you can take right now to enhance the safety of your work environment:

1. Do a walkthrough of your facility with your safety officer to identify any potential hazards at least once per quarter. Correct these immediately.
2. Have a series of training sessions for employees starting with new hire orientations and then follow-ups for employees as relevant to their jobs.
3. Provide a system for reporting potential hazards immediately to a supervisor or the HR department.
4. Install a networked security system with cameras at all entrances and hazardous work areas, as monitored by your onsite safety officer.
5. Provide incentives to employees who demonstrate behavior conducive to safety awareness and prevention, with department awards and recognition for low incident rates.
6. Take advantage of using contract staff so you can get extra support from your local staffing agency to screen candidates for past safety violations and workers’ comp cases.

By following the above steps, you can help to reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries and accidents. Work closely with Concorde Personnel to develop a safety policy that can cut your risks significantly and eliminate needless workers’ compensation claims. Our temporary staff members are trained on ways to avoid accidents and injuries, as we value a culture of workplace safety.

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