There are five things you must do to have a very good safety program according to our safety consultant, Glen DuLac.
A ) Have the best bulletproof ( IIPP) Injury and Illness Prevention plan that you can create or modify. This need not be expensive. You can take a template, but you must modify it to reflect the hazards that are inherent in your company’s operation.
In my business, three years ago, I stopped charging clients for writing an IIPP. The key is to identify the foreseeable hazards, and then put your IIPP into action. Without execution the best plan is of no value.
B ) Do have regular safety training for all employees. Low hazard or moderate hazard industries may need between 6 to 24 safety meetings per year. High hazards may need more, for example, OSHA’s mandate for the construction industry is a weekly tailgate
Do not delude yourself into thinking that one meeting a year will be enough, OSHA states regular safety training.
C ) Do get your employees involved. This can be done in 100 different ways, here are a few that work: Safety committees, incentive plans, a blue card system, recognition lunches or dinners, a Safety Newsletter.
D ) Senior Management must get involved and lead by example. For example, if eye protection is required on the shop floor, no manager should be seen without his eye protection. If you do have a safety recognition lunch, the President or a high level V.P. should hand out the awards along with an enthusiastic “ Way to go.”
E ) Make losing painful. There needs to consequences for the bad apples who violate your safety rules. Companies that issue Safety Citations to rule breakers will get compliance.
In my personal experience, companies that do not enforce the safety rules, are usually the ones with high Ex Mods. Speaking of high Ex Mods, did you know that the State of NC mandates a Safety Committee for companies that have high Ex Mods?