The primary reason businesses have a safety program is to prevent work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses, or to stay in the good graces of the regulatory agencies.  But, to have an effective safety program, it must be so much more. Anyone can have policies, procedures, and manuals, but safety is not exclusively what you do, it must be about who you are. An effective safety program must be about employees and include employees. Frequently companies have safety as a core value and as a part of their culture.  Stop and ask yourself, “What does that mean?” and “How do we actually accomplish that?” Your answer may surprise you.

Effective safety programs feature:

  • Commitment and support from senior leadership
  • Employee empowerment at all levels
  • Clear expectations and responsibilities
  • Commitment to leading by example
  • Promoting accountability
  • Providing necessary resources
  • Focusing on hazard identification and control
  • Continuous improvement.

Historically, safety programs have been reactive and strictly about following the rules. More recently, we have learned we can be more predictive and more preventative. Some effective tools to help get you there include:

  • Learn from the Past – Track incidents and develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
  • Prioritize Near Misses – Treat and investigate EVERY near miss just as you would an incident.
  • Be Honest – Conduct candid and thorough incident investigations, recognizing accepting responsibility for the root cause is often not easy.
  • Involve the Entire Team – Obtain input from all levels. Doing so will help your team develop more effective solutions.
  • Close the Loop – Once corrective actions have been identified, confirm they are completed and effective.

Effective safety programs also provide many peripheral benefits as your program matures, such as:

  • Lower insurance costs
  • Reduction in missed work time and the related stress of picking up excess workloads
  • Increased efficiency
  • Overall quality improvements
  • Improved morale
  • Everyone goes home safe!

RETTEW can assist with developing or enhancing your safety program. Whether you are looking for basic services such as policy and program development, a complete program overhaul, or a brand new program, our safety professionals are ready to help!  Please contact Kelly Kramer, CECD, HEM, at 800.738.8395 for more information.

Additional Offerings

Safety training and consulting are only some of RETTEW’s 600+ services. Our safety team works hand in hand with engineers, scientists, project managers, and other technical experts at places such as manufacturing facilities, drill pads, and commercial construction sites. We are well respected in many industries and known for ensuring workers and equipment remain safe, which keeps your projects on track and your bottom line growing.