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IIPP Innovative Techniques Get Employees Attention for Safety

Part II of Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPP), following announcement of OSHA’s pending standard.  

Safety is not the most exciting subject to speak about that will hold an audience’s attention. But to get your employees’ attention, take a look at these innovative techniques for safety program implementation.

You can think of injecting the element of surprise or unexpected humor to help deliver the message. These persuasive examples will illustrate how to take proactive steps for safety in your workplace.

Example 1 – Don’t Walk on By

The Safety music video, Don’t Walk on By produced by Nick James Productions is cleverly done, showing how easily we get accustomed to our surroundings. Consequently, we start overlooking important safety clues that could prevent serious injuries.

How can you utilize the Don’t Walk on By theme?

  • Add your spin on the theme, using a statistic of workplace injuries and illnesses, as well as costs associated with people not doing anything about it (walking on by).
  • Segue into performing your safety audit.
  • Demonstrate how your organization protects employees from workplace injuries and illnesses as well as saves costs through a workplace safety program.

Example 2 – Horror Movies: Workplace Safety Videos Pack a Punch

The recent EHStoday article, titled Horror Movies: Workplace Safety Videos That Pack a Punch consists of a set of impactful commercials produced by the Ontario Worker Safety and Insurance Board called Prevent It.

These short and brutally honest vignettes may be seen as disturbing by some, because of the dramatic way in which accidents are depicted. In a split second an employee’s life can be turned upside down.

How can you utilize this theme?

  • Always be on guard to potential hazards in the workplace and at home. The point is made that “there really are no accidents.”
  • Every accident can be prevented if the employee (or employer) had done something different.

QMA will address your specific injury prevention training and consulting needs, whether you are a large or small employer. Together, we will develop a strategy and a program that fits your industry and organization. For a free consultation, please complete the contact form and we will contact you.

IIPP Continual Safety Improvements Address OSHA Standard

The direct cost of the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses in 2008 amounted to $53.42
billion in U.S. workers compensation costs, more than one billion dollars per week. This money would be better spent on job creation and innovation. Injury and illness prevention programs (IIPP) are good for workers, good for business and good for America.

Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor. Source: www.OSHA.gov

Nationally, there are 34 states that require or encourage employers to develop an IIPP; 15 states make IIPP mandatory. Although in the early stages, OSHA is writing a new standard that will require employers to develop a program to help find and fix hazards in the workplace.

I have previously reported on this blog about taking a proactive approach to IIPPs (see OSHA’s strategy: Plan, Prevent, and Protect). According to OSHA, these programs can substantially reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries and alleviate the associated financial burdens on U.S. workplaces. For further reference, the new OSHA Fact Sheet is now available.

Implementing Continual Safety Improvements  

The most successful injury and illness prevention programs are based on a common set of key elements. These include:

  • Management Leadership
  • Worker Participation
  • Hazard Identification and Assessment
  • Education and Training
  • Program Evaluation and Improvement

QMA will help you implement and maintain a complete program that utilizes these elements by:

  1. Developing and establishing a strategy for injury and illness prevention that involves all employees in the effort, by
  2. Training and educating employees in safety awareness, hazard recognition and mitigation, and OSHA mandated topics, such as, HAZMAT* training for chemical handling and by
  3. Conducting audits and assessment aimed at your continual improvement needs.

* HAZMAT: hazardous material training, also known as “Right-to-Know”

QMA will address your specific injury prevention training and consulting needs, whether you are a large or small employer. Together, we will develop a strategy and a program that fits your industry and organization. For a free consultation, please complete the contact form and we will contact you.

Getting Back to Basics in Quality Improvement

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Essential for survival, a strategy of getting your organization back to basics can make the difference in obtaining significant bottom line results.

How do you build quality in your company?

By applying 5 basic principles, your company can experience significant improvements in a short period of time.  At Quality Manufacturing Associates, we train and consult on continuous quality improvements methods. Our clients have seen rapid improvements even before their initiative is fully implemented.

To help you take the first step, we would like to give you our abridged version of the presentation we have given to hundreds of clients – “5 Keys to Building Quality.”  It outlines the principles that are essential to build Quality in any organization.  Find out what other clients have said.  Contact us to help you accomplish important quality initiatives.

Your competition is improving their systems on a daily basis; so don’t wait, before it’s too late.

Request your free copy now5 Keys to Building Quality.

New Year Improvements

The New Year is time for new beginnings and building from our past successes.

The business world requires us to continually improve. A public corporation needs to shows growth in earnings from quarter to quarter and year to year.  A private company needs to improve just to keep up with increasing competition.  Even non-profits and governmental agencies need to find ways of delivering services with ever increasing pressures on fund raising and tax revenues.

As the year begins, we need to ask ourselves what can we do differently to continue to grow and maximize the benefits of our resources. Successful organizations recognize the need for change and plan for it.  There is no better time for planning than the start of a new year.

Take the time out to think about your business and your personal life. What initiatives can you take to improve the way you do your job and others around you are doing theirs?

Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!