Frequent training and general awareness are key to keeping employees safe. While a safety culture is the first step to improve workplace conditions, safety incentive programs can motivate employees to participate and stay alert.
Safety incentive programs encourage your crew to say something when they see a hazard and may give bonuses for injury-free days. Use the tips in this article to create an effective system for your temporary and permanent team members.
Conventional programs, often called rate-based incentive programs, reward workers or teams for consecutive injury-free days. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) warned about policies that could violate discrimination or whistleblower laws. Therefore, your safety incentive program must prioritize awareness without creating a cover-up culture.
Moreover, OSHA says employers that use rate-based programs should take “adequate precautions to ensure that employees feel free to report an injury or illness.” One way to do this is by rewarding employees for participation and reporting hazards and near misses.
For starters, your employee handbook should clearly define your safety program, including mandatory training and reporting expectations. However, designing a safety program that motivates your employees requires a personal approach.
It should engage all team members, from your administrative assistant to your drivers. To support different roles, a safety incentive program may involve several objectives and reward tiers. Examples include:
Onsite safety events and ongoing training are vital to making awareness part of the job. Consider hosting quick monthly safety meetings to go over safety topics or recent near misses. Plus, use safety huddles to remind teams to stay focused.
Another way to keep employees alert is through mobile training sessions. Giving safety bucks or other incentives can encourage worker involvement. The Portable Sanitation Association International (PSAI) offers several courses for portable sanitation professionals via live web broadcasts.
Additionally, third-party organizations provide mobile-friendly, inexpensive training on topics such as confined spaces, fall protection, and ergonomics. Check out OSHA’s training resources and talk to your local Small Business Administration (SBA) to get help developing a safety incentive program.
Building safety into every job duty is one of the best ways to keep your team safe. But, in some cases, adding incentives can motivate workers to get personally invested in your program quickly. Think about what drives your portable restroom crew and develop a safety incentive program that rewards awareness.
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