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Worthy Incentives for Safety Programs

Discussion in 'OHSAS - Occupational Health and Safety' started by Brian Vandolah, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. Brian Vandolah

    Brian Vandolah Member

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    Over the past few years I've read about some workplace safety incentives that (either intentionally or despite their best intentions) encourage the under-reporting of incidents and accidents and punish protected activities, such as whistle-blowing.

    Conversely, I've also seen those which otherwise promotes employee participation in various safety-oriented activities (like contests or lotteries that get their employees to identify hazards and take part in accident investigations).

    I'm just curious to see what anyone here at QFO who has safety experience (or a safety mindset) would offer up as good incentives that could have a real effect in the workplace....

    If you have a story or past experience to add, by all means share it o_O
     
  2. Claes Gefvenberg

    Claes Gefvenberg Moderator Staff Member

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    Well... We have put a lot of effort into safety for quite a number of years. As a result our risk and near misses reports have soared, while our accident rate has gone down significantly.

    Success factors? Not necessarily on this order, but:
    Our top management initiated this, and has imo generally walked the talk.
    Safety is not only on the agenda all the time. It is item no one.
    OHSAS 18001 registration has become a de facto customer requirement. Some of our customers simply will not deal with us without it.
    We already had a pretty solid safety management system in place, but OHSAS 18001 registration still helped a lot.
     
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  3. Jennifer Kirley

    Jennifer Kirley Moderator Staff Member

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    Since most people don't generally go to work with the wish to be harmed, putting safety programs in place can be rewarding in themselves if it means people go home with all the parts they came in to work with. Putting in place, and supporting these programs can help management communicate positive leadership qualities to personnel, and help improve the organization's culture.

    Those are "soft" rewards, but if you want to also offer tangible rewards it may help to correlate the number of near-miss or safety suggestions with lower injury and incident rates. My Safety Costs Calculator could help managers identify a cause-and-effect between improved safety and profits, assuming no other factors influence profits much in the same period.

    Since "Safety is everyone's business," some of the profit improvements could be returned to employees as bonuses or to fund an annual family event that all could enjoy. In this way we could hope to reward outcomes without overly influencing inputs like reporting.

    I hope this helps!
     

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