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  • 1.  Safety Training

    Posted 10-04-2021 10:01
    Hello ASA family, 

    We are focusing in on our safety standards and best practices, and I wanted to get your thoughts on developing a safety training and incentive program. Because we have multiple clients that have different safety standards, what is the best way to go about creating an all encompassing program? And what are some ways to encourage and reward employees that are abiding by the safety program? 

    Would love to hear what you all have found effective with training and rewarding based on safety practices. 

    Thanks, 

    Tommy McKee
    Primero Staffing

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    Tommy McKee
    Strategy & Development Manager
    Primero Staffing
    Virginia Beach VA
    (757) 255-8494
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  • 2.  RE: Safety Training

    Posted 10-05-2021 12:19
    Tommy:

    One way to approach this is to have a program you develop into two parts or phases. The first part is the "standard" safety training that you provide to all of your employees. There is considerable information available from OSHA and other safety sources that provide basic safety programs and protocols. The second part of your program would be designed specifically for each client as necessary. 

    As to designing a program that emphasizes the importance of workplace safety, there are several things you might consider to provide incentives to maintain safe working conditions. However, you need to be careful that your incentive program does not run afoul of OSHA standards. While OSHA does not directly prohibit safety incentive programs, they will always closely review them to ensure they don't discourage employees from reporting safety violations, injuries, or illnesses. Since you are in the initial stages of creating such a program, I would recommend that you start small and build as you go. So what are some simple places to start?

    • Encouraging injuries and near-misses to be reported timely and in all cases. There should be no negative implications resulting from these reports.
    • Providing basic ongoing safety training either on your own or, even better, in conjunction with your clients.
    • Develop a monthly recognition program for your entire workforce based on basic safety criteria that you select. Each month, someone is recognized as being fully aligned with your safety program and goals.
    • Gift cards.
    • Lottery tickets.
    • "Safety bucks," or non-monetary currency that can be exchanged for certain gifts or prizes.

    There are basically two types of programs - behavior-based programs and rate-based programs. So you either provide rewards based on certain behaviors (reporting injuries and making safety suggestions) or on metrics (number of incidents, reportable injuries, etc.).

    You are to be commended for taking an active role in making sure your employees understand the importance of a safe workplace and do their jobs with safety always in mind. We always want our employees to go home at the end of their workday the same way they started.

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    Jay Mattern
    CEO
    TerraFirma Marketing
    South Bend IN
    (574) 213-3855
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  • 3.  RE: Safety Training

    Posted 10-06-2021 09:40
    Thank you Jay for the great information! As our company continues to grow and have an impact on so many workers' lives, their safety and well being is a top priority of ours. Like you said, they need to leave work the same way they entered. Thanks again.

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    Tommy McKee
    Strategy & Development Manager
    Primero Staffing
    Virginia Beach VA
    (757) 255-8494
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