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Five Ways to Boost Workplace Safety

By Carrie Skogsberg

 Building your business took time and hard work. Creating a culture of workplace safety does, too.

“Although it seems like a big commitment, a safe workplace has great benefits for your employees and customers, like fewer injuries, lower medical and legal expenses and higher job satisfaction,” said Scot Gudenrath, Senior Loss Control Representative.

Ok, that all sounds great, but where and how do you create such a solid safety culture in your business?

Try implementing these five workplace safety tips from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)1:  

1. Establish safety as a value.

Align safety up to your organization’s mission by identifying it as a core value. This will show your employees you mean business and may help get them on board.

2. Build trust, respect and inclusion.

Demonstrating these values in your day-to-day can help create a solid foundation for a culture of safety for your workers and customers. Ensure your actions are consistent, and your workforce can follow.

3. Engage your people.

All employees should feel empowered to help create a safer workplace. From management to front-line staff, everyone should be a part of the planning and implementation process to improve safety in the workplace.

4. Provide safety training.

Training should be at the core of every good safety program. For employees to accurately assess worksite hazards and remove threats, everyone must be involved in proper training.

5. Hold employees accountable.

Defining safety roles and responsibilities for employees of all levels of the organization can help make safety a clear priority for everyone. One way to ensure accountability is by implementing a peer-to-peer rewards system.

Want additional information on making your business a safer place? Check out these safety resources and learn more about our business insurance coverage options


Updated 8-2-23

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1Occupational Safety and Health Administration