Safety and Loss Prevention
Employers and employees often don’t recognize the importance of safety training, dismissing it as unnecessary or even overkill. Continued safety training serves as an important reminder of the dangers that exist in the workplace, and that, despite your best efforts, accidents and injuries can occur.
It is important for employers and employees to understand the purpose of each safety training session, why it is useful to them, and what can result from not following safety rules and procedures. Safety training helps empower employees to give safety its due importance. Shifting beyond common sense in the application of preventive techniques is the key and should be the main focus of any training provided.
Effective Safety Training Does 3 Things:
- Shows employees know how to be safe and keep others safe
- Empowers employees to prevent unsafe conditions
- Limits the costs of accidents and injuries
Periodic Health and Safety Training also:
- Ensures your employees are not injured by the work they do
- Develops a positive health and safety culture where safety practices become second nature
- Uncovers areas where your company can better manage health and safety
Another big reason to include safety training is the cost. According to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the most disabling, nonfatal workplace injuries cost employers nearly $62 billion in workers’ compensation costs, or more than a billion a week spent on workplace injuries. Studies also show that for every $1 you spend on training and prevention, you save $3 in return on workplace injuries.
Employers need their employees to be present in order to function smoothly. Continuing safety training will create a better culture within your business and keep the employees you rely on happy and engaged.
Your supervisors are on the front line with your employees, day in and day out, yet most of them don't realize the influence they have with their subordinates when it comes to preventing injuries. Supervisor training is critical to preventing injuries!
Keep an eye out for unsafe behaviors and unsafe equipment. Supervisors need to be able to recognize work habits and behaviors that invite injury. If you see an employee not following safe work practices, you need to change how the employee works and handle as an individual performance issue.
Maintain a safe work area. Supervisors should regularly inspect work areas and take corrective action as needed. Invite your safety committee to inspect your work area as they are conducting their regular inspections.
Train and remind your employees to be safe. Train them on the general operation rules and the job specific tasks. Conduct regular safety training and include safety in your regularly scheduled meetings. Document the training and hold your employees accountable.
Know and enforce your company safety policies. If an employee performs an unsafe act, handle as a performance issue.
Hire the right employees. When interviewing a potential employee, take the time to review the requirements of the job and find out whether the candidate can safely perform them.