Posts Tagged ‘safety program’

Safety Training Resources Transforms Safety Costs Into A Safe Investment

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The benefits of workplace safety performance are often undervalued because of communication barriers between safety professionals and executive management, and the challenge of instituting metrics that demonstrate safety performance in financial or strategic business value terms.

To turn that situation around, Safety Training Resources incorporates four basic strategies to enhance the business value of safety.

1. Identify safety as a core business value driver. Profitability is an obvious corporate value driver, but so are your brand name, compliance risk, and the productivity of your workers. All of these drivers are influenced to some degree by workplace safety activities.

 Safety Training Resources believes that increased productivity and reduced costs are the top benefits of workplace safety and health.   An investment in workplace safety can have a positive impact on your company’s financial performance. Many believe that a return of investment of $3 for every $1 they invested in workplace safety programs.  

2. View safety as an investment in continuous improvement. An “investment” is a commitment to earn a financial return or gain future benefits or advantage. Safety programs have been directly linked to the benefits of increased productivity and efficiency.

3. Use a combination of leading and trailing indicators of safety performance. Using the combination instead of just trailing (or lagging) indicators to measure progress toward business objectives is much more effective.

Leading indicators tell you about the future value or direction of performance.

  • Employee turnover rate can indicate future changes in productivity and/or injury rates.
  • The number and frequency of near-misses can indicate the risk of future accidents.
  • Hours of employee safety training completed or the number of employees trained can indicated changes in productivity and safety.
  • The number and/or frequency of completed inspections can indicate the level of compliance risk, integrity of equipment, and changes in productivity.

Trailing indicators tell you where you’ve been. For example:

  • Injury and illness reports
  • Lost workdays
  • Workers’ compensation claims

Trailing indicators can highlight past costs, but they are inconsistent and often unreliable indicators of future performance.

4. Enhance employee involvement. It’s not effective just to tell employees what to do and judge them on how well they follow directions. Since they are working with the process all the time, workers are more sensitive to the integrity of safety and productivity data than management. For example, workers can see what is really going on behind the data in the injury and illness reports where management often cannot. Employee involvement is now a major component of most true safety performance evaluation methods.

Safety Training Resources Specializes In Smart Recordkeeping

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

OSHA has extended its Recordkeeping National Emphasis Program (NEP) through early 2012.   They are looking for employers who are underreporting injuries and illnesses, and they are not leaving any stone unturned. 

 Safety Training Resources is helping Missouri employers track and record injuries and illnesses in compliance with the OSHA recordkeeping standard.  In addition to helping you avoid costly OSHA citations, smart recordkeeping practices can also help you make injury-reducing and profit-boosting improvements by allowing you to learn from past mistakes.

Safety Training Resources will help your management team better understand the key elements of an effective recordkeeping program and design a system that will track and record your injuries and illnesses in compliance with the OSHA recordkeeping standard.  Our training strategy will ensure the following:

  • The proper use of the three OSHA required forms: OSHA Form 300, OSHA Form 301, and OSHA Form 300A  
  • Where to get the forms to use, and how to complete them properly
  • Which incidents must be reported and which merely need to be recorded
  • How to differentiate between medical treatment and first aid, and why the distinction matters
  • Which cases require restricted work activity or days away from work, and how to record the number of days
  • How to maintain employees’ privacy when reporting an incident
  • How to perform a recordkeeping audit and assess the working environment

In addition,  by improving your recordkeeping, Safety Training Resources can help you:

  • Measure the effectiveness of your safety program
  • Identify high incident areas
  • Enlist management support
  • Enlist employee support
  • Measure the effectiveness of your countermeasures

Bottom line, effective and efficient recordkeeping for occupational injuries and illnesses provides the foundation for a successful, well-managed safety program.

Safety Training Resources Stands Up For Safety Preparedness

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

On Wednesday, April 27, Jeff Viehmann, President of Safety Training Resources, spoke at the Missouri Concrete Conference held in Rolla, Missouri. Approximately 200 people attended the conference at the University Of Missouri Science & Technology’s Havener Center. The presentation was on OSHA Preparedness – Preventing Citations.

Mr. Viehmann’s conversation with officials from MoDOT, Ready Mix/Materials contractors, and concrete industry consultants highlighted OSHA’s current focus, how to prepare for an OSHA inspection, and how to prevent OSHA citations. His message to the conference attendees – “Citations, like accidents, are preventable!”.

Mr. Viehmann explained how and why OSHA has a greater emphasis on safety regulatory enforcement. He earmarked the methodology behind OSHA’s enforcement inspections. He also exposed the conference to OSHA’s Top 10 “Cited Violations” for General Industry and Construction.

With passion and conviction, Mr. Viehmann shared his “principles and beliefs” on how to prevent OSHA citations. His preparedness plan included performing periodic safety audits, enforcing safety policy, and involving the entire workforce in the process of improving the safety culture. He emphasized the importance and meaning behind “listening to your employees”.

In concluding his presentation, Mr. Viehmann proposed that safety become a corporate value, not a periodic priority. He emphasized that the value of an ever-improving safety program is greater than the importance of production, profitability, and escaping liability.

Safety Training Resources helps Missouri businesses control conditions that promote prosperity.

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Safety Training Resources can help you re-examine and reinvigorate your Safety Program.

For many business owners, staying in business means going lean: doing more work yourself rather than hiring, asking employees to “pick up the slack”, and cutting costs wherever possible. Often, this includes your safety program. You might have a clear idea of what you want your safety program to be, but don’t feel the need to invest in it. So you willfully neglect the necessary investment of time, leadership, and investment capital. And while that worked for you in the beginning, it may no longer represent the best strategy for your company.

OSHA will not allow companies to endanger the safety and health of its workers as a means to reduce business expenses,” said Clyde Payne, an OSHA area director.

“In spite of our relentless attempts to make mine operators accountable for their workers’ safety and health, some continue to flout their responsibilities,” said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health.

Safety Training Resources will stand and deliver…

  • The importance of a safety assessment. You should evaluate how well your safety plan is working for you. In many cases, business owners think their safety plan is protecting their assets, but an objective, external point of view, particularly from Safety Training Resources, can provide a different, even eye-opening, perspective. Do not assume that your safety program speaks for itself.
  • It’s not all or nothing. Some businesses will need to undergo a full “safety makeover”, it doesn’t mean that your company would necessarily need to. Integrating a safety culture doesn’t necessarily always require ripping everything apart and starting from scratch. It requires being cognizant of what you are currently doing, and then making some really smart decisions about how you can receive a higher return on your investment.  Safety Training Resources will adapt to your needs.
  • Investing in your Safety Program is something to rush intoAct Now!  Ask the right questions and evaluate if it’s time for change. Solidify your company’s mission statement by acting on your safety values and principles.   Your actions will define your safety culture, or more importantly, your safety character!
  • It’s not too late. “It is never too late to be what you could have been.” You may think that your company is already too established, that change is a greater risk than the risk of being held accountable. Communication and purpose will reinvigorate your safety culture; your employees will value being part of the process. The goal is not to change your mission, but to better align your safety culture with it.

Safety instructions to live by….

  • Document everything – if it’s not written down…it didn’t happen!
  • Hire an outside firm – level the playing field.
  • Get informed – know the facts.

 Safety isn’t everything, it’s the only thing!