19 Aug Are you aware how much a safety and return to work program can save?

Did you know? Managing an effective safety and return to work program can greatly increase your bottom line.

But do YOU have someone on your side to help manage and create these programs? An experienced risk manager can greatly cut a company’s Workers Compensation costs and help you focus on profit.

Effective programs take time and experience, and not everyone has the resources or experience to create a program tailored to your company’s needs.

But what are the benefits of a more effective safety and return to work program? What can a good safety program REALLY do for your company?

A good safety program:

• Prevents accidents and investigates near-accidents. Close to 75% of accidents are preceded by a near miss, something which a good safety program can identify.

• Minimizes job hazards specific to the environment your employees are working in. Fewer hazards mean fewer accidents, and fewer claims.

• Helps design a safe work environment, such as proper flooring and ergonomic work spaces to reduce slips and discomfort over time.

• Establishes policies on distracted driving, such as texting and driving. Texting makes accidents 23 times more likely to occur in any motor vehicle.

• Establishes safe lifting habits. Safe lifting can prevent leg, back, and other work-related strains

• Enforces disciplinary measures for violators to help uphold company-wide safety standards.

• In-house supervisor training to ensure all supervisors are qualified to teach others safety in specific areas.

A good safety program is not just a general pamphlet handed out to employees, but a program that is specific to each company and workplace. A risk manager can help design a detailed, effective program for each workplace.

An effective return to work program is just as important as a safety program. 

• Returning to work in a timely manner reduces lost wages for employees who may only receive a portion of their normal wages when injured.

• Light or modified duty can be therapeutic and give employees a chance to recuperate safely.

• Return to work programs also encourage employee retention and reduce dependency on workers compensation wages.

• A good program temporarily assigns the employee to a lighter load without taking away work from another employee or devaluating them, but this can be hard to manage.

Do you have a reliable program keeping your employees healthy and happy? Do you have a risk manager who is willing to tailor a custom program to your company to help reduce injuries and costs?

Our certified risk managers have years of experience and hundreds of resources to help your company stay safe and save money, so don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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