Work Safe

General Safety

Gaining buy-in from employees and ensuring a successful safety program, require a clear commitment from the top. Managers and supervisors must provide the resources, motivation, priorities and accountability needed for the safety and health of the workforce.

Get managers and supervisors on board
When managers and supervisors elevate safety to a company value it becomes contagious. Here are some of the things your management team can do to make safety a natural and effective part of your company culture:

  • Provide sufficient staffing, funds, time and equipment so employees can work safely and efficiently
  • Demonstrate safe attitudes and lead by example
  • Strive to involve every employee with safety
  • Hold every employee accountable for safety and evaluate performance accordingly
  • Comply with all governmental agencies, insurance carriers and internal procedures
  • Ensure industry best practices are applied
  • Observe work activities to detect and correct unsafe actions
  • Brief employees on new hazards before they start work
  • Assist Human Resources in reviewing employment applications, post-offer employment physical reports and personnel files to determine physical qualifications for specified job classifications
  • Make transitional duty options available for injured employees
  • Consistently enforce safety rules and regulations, programs and protective measures
  • Work with the safety coordinator, safety committee and employees to implement new and maintain ongoing safety programs and comply with recommendations from outside consultants, OSHA inspectors and insurance companies
  • Acknowledge employees who work safely and set a good example to others
  • Review safety policies annually

To help you communicate specific safety roles and responsibilities with your supervisors, download our Supervisor Safety Responsibilities Toolbox Talk.

Set realistic goals
Every organization has unique goals it hopes to accomplish through a safety commitment. Here are several goals to help you get started:

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

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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