to Cut Losses
By Universal Underwriters Group's
Loss Prevention Department
Even with a comprehensive safety program in place,
breakdowns can occur, and safety may take a back seat. How can you
keep your employees focused on safety? An incentive program might
do the trick.
A well-structured and implemented incentive program
benefits your employees and you. It can help reduce the frequency
of accidents, which can have an economic benefit for your business
and boost employee morale.
Implementing an Effective Program
Your safety program will be effective as long
as your employees sense that you are serious about safety and that
you’re monitoring activity. Providing incentives gives you
the opportunity on a monthly basis to reinforce your commitment
to a safe work environment. Make the incentives relatively small,
but relatively frequent.
If you are interested in implementing an incentive
program, here are some guidelines and suggestions to consider:
•Survey employees to determine their attitudes
toward an incentive program. The survey should include how incentives
are to be given out, who should get them, and what it takes to become
eligible for an award.
• Ensure that management takes an active
role in the program.
• Involve a variety of people in the planning
• Establish clearly defined, realistic goals,
but don’t make them too easy.
• Avoid establishing a program that would
encourage employees not to report accidents.
• Consider using a frequency or incident
rate in the incentive program. Review your loss history to determine
a rate – go back far enough to provide an accurate reflection
of actual performance.
• To ensure they are effective, select awards
that are worth the effort.
• Use care when money is part of the incentive
program. Once it’s spent, there is little evidence of success.
• Emphasize recognition and positive reinforcement
in the program.
• Reinvest a portion of the “safety
savings” into the program. It’s a cost-effective way
to keep the program fresh.
• Post a bulletin board showing the number
of days without lost-time injuries or accidents in the workplace.
• Conduct lunch meetings with employees
to discuss the injury/accident record and ways to promote safety.
Be sure to incorporate vehicle safety into your
loss prevention incentive program. This is a crucial safety area
in every automotive recycling business, and it deserves your attention
in your monthly safety meetings.
A safety incentive/motivation program is not a
cure-all for an ineffective safety effort. It should be used to
enhance the safety efforts already in place in your business.
For information about how Universal
Underwriters Group’s Special Account Services Division can
help meet the special needs of your automotive recycling business,
call 1-800-840-8842, ext. 4845, visit our web site at www.universalunderwriters.com
or send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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