It is imperative for organizations to take a proactive approach when it comes to the health and safety of workers in the workplace. Far too often organizations take more of a reactive approach because of an unfortunate occupational accident, injury, near-miss, or illness.
Unfortunately, this can be very disruptive for a business. There should be no doubt that safety programs and safety training directly affect workers’ compensation and affordable insurance premiums. On many occasions, workplace accidents, injuries, and illness are the result of lack of awareness of a worker or workers. It is possible the worker(s) may have not known any better, or wasn’t told of hazards and potential risks, which is why it is so important that employers provide safety training and safety awareness to their workers.
To minimize occupational accidents, injuries, near-misses, and illness, employers should provide workers with ongoing safety training and safety awareness. They should also evaluate the safety performance of their workers. This will prove to be instrumental in keeping their accident and injury rating down, in addition to having a positive impact in keeping their worker’ compensation insurance premiums affordable. Also instrumental in reducing worker' compensation claims and possibly impacting the affordability of workers' compensation insurance premiums would be to implement an effective employee wellness program.
James Browning is EMPO Corporation’s Safety Consultant, Trainer, & Workers' Compensation Specialist. He has also developed a series of OSHA Compliant, Online Safety Trainings for janitorial and residential cleaning employees, which can be found here: