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Some Important Questions and Answers You May Find Helpful

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What are the most important factors in developing a company-wide safety plan?

  1. Driven by Upper management

  2. An understanding of the processes through JHA/JSA or SOPs

  3. Policies on key issues: Substance Abuse, PPE and other work practices


What are the first steps to take when a workplace accident occurs?

  1. Make sure everyone is OK, call 911 if necessary

  2. Check equipment for potential hazards.

  3. Call the police, if a vehicle accident

  4. Call your supervisor and explain the situation

  5. Take pictures of everything:  the vehicles, the overall scene, the vehicle occupants.

  6. Cooperate with the First responders: Fire department, Police

  7. Record what happened and talk through your report with your supervisor.

  8. Conduct an investigation, looking for corrective actions to prevent similar incidents in the future.

**If the accident is a DOT recordable accident, the driver must submit to a drug test.


What is a good Company-Wide Safety Culture?

A good safety culture begins with upper management’s commitment to create an environment where employees and supervisors can share ideas and observations openly, without fear. 


Executives and Managers take time to personally speak to employees regarding their work and safety issues. 


Executives and Managers committed to repairing or replacing broken equipment, providing PPE and engineering steps to keep the workplace safe. 


The company has established Safety procedures that are realistic and practiced by everyone, from Executives on down.


Accident investigations are held to determine root cause and provide information to prevent future accidents.

  • Accident investigations involve Safety personnel, the employee’s direct manager, the employee, and upper management.

  • Employees involved in Accident investigations know they will not receive correction or disciplinary action unless a policy or procedure was violated.  


Safety is seen as adding to the bottom line rather than an expense.  


All managers (Safety and Operations) understand that they, personally,  can improve the EBITA (Earning Before Interest, Taxes and Amortization) through safe work practices.  

  • The development and safe work practices result in less disqualified/ reworked product and lost time from employee injuries and equipment repairs.

  •  Insurance companies also consider safety programs when calculating premiums costs, another healthy benefit to a good Safety Culture.  


Employees are shown information of accident costs and understand how those costs directly affect the company and them.

A Good Safety Culture involves Engagement...everyone wants to know their efforts are appreciated and make a difference; that is the true essence of a Good Safety Culture!


Why is it important to have an on-going Training program?

An on-going training program lays the foundation for a new employee through skill development;

while continuous training reinforces the necessary skills and helps minimize bad habits.

All employees that perform the same function can learn the same method and contribute to improving the process.


Dedicated training and development also fosters employee engagement, and engagement is critical to your company’s financial performance.  When everyone performs a skill, in the same manner, process failures and possible improvements can be observed, then necessary changes can be implemented with minimal error or disruption.


Bottom line - training is an important part of the future growth and performance of a business.

Here are some training materials to help you.


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