Since the signing of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) over four decades ago, workplace deaths and reported occupational injuries have dropped by more than half. But even still, US workers continue to face an unacceptable number of work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses. This continues to underscore the importance of having an injury prevention process for your workers.
One of the questions that is often asked about such programs is, why are they important and what are the benefits? Below are four often overlooked benefits and incentives for establishing an effective injury prevention or safety process:
Workplace safety processes don’t have to be complex systems. The mistake that is often made is that the “one size fits all” approach is used (i.e., trying to copy and implement exactly what some other organization is doing for safety) when establishing or re-designing a safety process.
It is for that reason that I have arrived at the below questions, that when answered, can offer some insight and direction into developing or improving your safety process.
These key questions include:
If you answer these questions and implement a simple process to address the issues identified, you are well on your way to establishing or improving your process.
Remember, Accidents Happen… To Be Preventable®!
This article was written by Milton Jacobs, a safety speaker and consultant with Safety Solution Consultants, Inc. in East Granby, CT. He can be reached at email@example.com.