Work Safe

Defensive Driving

Getting your workforce to practice safe driving techniques requires a clear commitment from the top. Start by identifying the goals you hope to accomplish. Then, work to provide the resources, motivation, priorities and accountability you’ll need to ensure ongoing participation.

Set realistic goals
Every company has different safety goals it hopes to accomplish through a safety commitment. Consider some of the following goals:

  • Reduce accidents
  • Reduce injuries
  • Protect human resources
  • Reduce liability
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Heighten customer service
  • Improve worker satisfaction
  • Improve productivity
  • Reinforce a positive public image

Get managers and supervisors on board
Top-level management, including front-line supervisors, must provide leadership, policy and resources to create a safety culture.

Leadership
Actively encourage employee participation from all levels of the organization.

  • Recruit, select and hire safe drivers
  • Respond to incidents, investigate and remove hazards
  • Make repairs in a timely manner
  • Respond to reports of hazards made by employees
  • Walk the talk: Do managers wear their seat belts, and drive in a manner consistent with company rules and values? Are managers present in safety meetings, and do they provide meaningful participation?

Policy
Develop, distribute and enforce guidelines and policies that support your commitment to safe driving.

Turn employees into safety champions
Any safety initiative is only as good as its participants. Gaining the support and dedication of employees is critical to success. Here are some tips to help get your employees involved:

  • Provide a method for bottom-up communication to management
  • Provide quality training that is real and applicable to the specific needs of the employees
  • Communicate expectations clearly
  • Require employees to sign off and acknowledge safety rules, policies and guidelines
  • Employees will be safe if their supervisors and managers model safe behavior
  • Maintain equipment well and respond to maintenance requests by employees
  • Perform surprise and scheduled inspections
  • Investigate incidents and make positive changes
  • Develop a fraud-resistant incentive plan
  • Thank employees for a job well done

Do you have questions about how Missouri Employers Mutual or the WorkSAFE Center can help your workplace? Contact us today to learn more about our resources and custom safety training.

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