The best way to control workers’ comp costs is to prevent injuries in the workplace. Fewer injuries mean less lost time, more productivity and fewer costly claims. Accomplishing this requires a management commitment to the safety and health of employees.
Management commitment supports safety efforts and encourages worker participation in your safety program. A commitment to safety should be expressed in a clear, simple statement of policy to all employees. A written Safety Policy Statement and a comprehensive, written safety program allows businesses of all sizes to make known their safety commitment to workers.
Demonstrating this commitment fosters a safety culture where workers, supervisors and management promote safety and prevent workplace injuries. The written Safety Policy Statement should be posted in a conspicuous location, distributed to all workers and included in employee orientations.
Elements of a Written Safety Policy
A good safety policy states:
- Employee safety is a continuing responsibility of all executive and supervisory personnel.
- Safety will be reinforced by an emphasis on training in safe work practices and hazard elimination.
- Employees must follow all workplace health and safety rules.
- Employees can report unsafe conditions and behavior without fear of reprisal.
Caution: Merely stating such a policy will not make it effective. Management, supervisors and employees must abide by it.