Think again! A 2014 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index report found that the most common and disabling workplace injuries and illnesses from 2012 amounted to nearly $60 billion in direct U.S. workers’ compensation costs. That’s more than $1 billion per week! When you look at the costs, how can you afford to not have a safety recognition program?
When you adopt a safety recognition program, you are reinforcing safe practices for employees. A safety recognition program helps employees change their mindset. With a formal program in place, instead of praising or rewarding employees for having fewer incidents – which can be the result of underreporting, you are now praising or rewarding employees for noticing on-the-job hazards. Recognizing hazards will encourage employees to adopt safe behaviors on the job which can prevent workplace injuries and reduce the costs associated with accidents and related injuries.
The simplest way to implement a safety recognition program is to encourage reporting of possible safety issues before they turn into accidents. When employees are encouraged to look for safety issues, the overall mindset changes to a more safety-focused environment. When this happens, your mindset becomes more proactive, instead of your behaviors being reactive. The results of this change in mindset is impossible to ignore:
This article was written by Milton Jacobs, a safety speaker and consultant with Safety Solution Consultants, Inc. in East Granby, CT. If you would like to know more about this or other topics, Milt can be reached at email@example.com.