Posted on: December 30, 2015 by titan-goodrich
Every year, thousands of workers comp claims are filed costing millions of dollars for businesses nationwide. While having great VA Workers Compensation Insurance helps to keep the cost of these claims from depleting company profits, building a strong safety culture within your business can help to reduce the number of claims that are filed.
The first step in creating a strong safety culture is making sure that all management teams are on board. Some managers feel that a safety culture, while a good idea, costs too much and reduces the profit that the company makes. While implementing a safety plan does have its costs, in the long run the savings one workers comp claims will turn profit.
The next step is to figure out what areas need the most attention when it comes to safe practices. Your safety culture will address common, every day issues as well as major, yet often overlooked issues. Figure out what areas need focus when developing you plan.
Creating your safety plan requires following certain rules set by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) when developing your safety culture, refer to these OSHA standards to make sure you are in compliance.
Training is an essential part of a safety culture. Making sure that all employees know and understand the new safety guidelines may take some time. Develop a safety handbook that employees can take home and make sure thee are some available for employees to reference while on the job site.
Positive reinforcement of your safety culture goes a long way in continuing its success. Small rewards for achieving goals such as reaching a selected number of days without an incident will help motivate everyone to continue to work in a safe manner. Negative consequences, though sometimes necessary, tend to make employees feel as if they cannot report a safety issue, which creates bigger safety issues.
Continually monitor and address safety issues as they appear. Show your employees that you are just as committed to the new safety culture as you expect them to be.
No safety culture will completely eliminate the possibility of workers comp claims, accidents do still happen. However, being prepared can help prevent a majority of accidents from occurring.
At Goodrich & Watson Insurers Inc. we understand the importance of creating a safe work environment for your employees. Contact us today at 888.829.5004 for information on our Workers Compensation Insurance as well as other policies.