January 07, 2019

Three Ways to Start the New Year Off Safely

Happy New Year from all of us at ProSight! Here are three, proactive steps you can take to improve your workplace safety program and help reduce worker injuries.

1. Review Your Safety Program
We believe it’s important for companies to adopt a safety management system. The National Safety Council (NSC) states that doing so can help reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries and illnesses. If your company already has a safety program in place, taking some time to review your procedures and the number of previous accidents will help reinforce current safety practices or lead to the implementation of new procedures.

2. Review Historic Workplace Injuries – Injuries can be prevented. According to the NSC, every 7 seconds, a worker is injured on the job. Accident investigation is key in understanding why an incident occurred and how you can correct the issues. Data should be properly collected and studied before devising proper preventative action. Once all information has been reviewed, a detailed accident report should be written up. There are two main types of incidents you will notice. A series of incidents that are all functionally identical may point to a problem with the hierarchy of controls, where an engineering solution may be a suitable course of action. If human error caused the incident, additional training may help prevent similar incidents from occurring.

3. Encourage Workplace Safety in a Variety of Ways
Be prepared by following these safety precaution suggestions:

  • Provide workers with proper personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for exposed hazards and as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
  • Be sure that workers are comfortable with openly reporting all possible safety hazards or injuries.
  • Make certain that all walking surfaces are properly maintained to minimize slip, trip and fall hazards. Slips and falls have resulted in tens of thousands of injuries, but can be easily prevented by keeping clean, obstruction-free floors and walking surfaces.
  • Refresh safety training programs with updated materials, including on demand videos.
  • Recognize employees and supervisors for their good safety practices.

Here are additional resources to learn more about workplace safety:

ProSight’s Loss Control Team is prepared to assist our customers in improving their safety and risk management efforts. Contact us at LossControl@prosightspecialty.com for more information.

Jennifer Arrison, Loss Control Director at ProSight