The decades long debate has continued into 2014: Can you create a positive, OSHA-friendly employee safety incentive program that will be a balanced part of your overall safety and health management system?
The simple answer is ‘Yes”.
In a 2011 OSHA memo, David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), shared this opinion: “A positive (safety) incentive program encourages or rewards workers for reporting injuries, illnesses, near-misses, or hazards; and/or recognizes, rewards, and thereby encourages worker involvement in the safety and health management system. Such an incentive program can be a good thing and an acceptable part of a (VPP) quality safety and health system.”
That being said, OSHA inspectors, senior executives and financial people are examining what safety measures employers choose to focus on in their safety incentive program. What gets measured differs from company to company and industry to industry, but the golden rule has been set for all employee safety incentive programs: “Thou shall not appear to encourage/promote non-reporting.”
In the end, a balanced safety incentive program will measure and recognize your people for safety engagement on and off the job and will, if properly structured, raise safety awareness, reduce incidents and increase the bottom line – all without encouraging non-reporting of incidents.
Webinar attendees will learn:
The history of safety incentives & OSHA since the early 1970’s
Learn how many safety incentive programs have historically ‘encouraged non-reporting’
See what a properly structured OSHA compliant safety incentive program would look like
What steps can be taken to incorporate a positive safety incentive program into an Safety & Health Management System
How and when TECHNOLOGY improvements can reduce the time required to manage a safety incentive program
Are safety incentive programs worth the investment? How do you budget for an EFFECTIVE safety incentive program?
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