Creating a safety culture

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Creating a strong health and safety culture doesn't only reduce injuries; it helps keep your workers' compensation costs low.

Here are the necessary steps in establishing a safety culture:

Management support and direction — Management must be a role model for safety. This includes establishing the company's safety vision, goals and rules, as well as practicing what you preach in everyday safety practices.

Active safety committee — Safety committees should serve as a conduit for all safety efforts and companywide communication regarding safety. That's why all areas of the company must be represented on the committee.

Employee accountability and participation — Everyone must be accountable for safety in the workplace, and feel empowered to take steps to ensure their own safety and the safety of their fellow employees

Ongoing safety training — Routine, effective training must be available (and mandatory) for all employees

Comprehensive claims management — Having a written claims management policy and a return to work program are instrumental in helping you control costs if an injury occurs

Continuous improvement — Safety efforts should be reviewed routinely and adjusted when necessary. This includes investigating all injuries to identify causes, and implementing prevention measures.

Celebrating success — Individual employees and teams should be rewarded in order to acknowledge and build upon positive safety achievements