The key to successful workplace safety management programs is simple—it’s safety training. Safety training not only educates the employee, it also increases the safety awareness of all employees throughout the facility.
One of the best ways to underscore the importance of safety within your company setting is to enlist the assistance of a safety consultant, someone who can come into your business and enhance safety training and safety management program best practices.
So, what does a safety consultant do?
Safety consultants work with businesses of all sizes, across all industries, to bolster safety within most any work setting. They use their possession of an outsider looking in to assess your current operation and then become an omniscient motivator to help create change in areas in need of improvement.
A safety consultant should be the cornerstone of your safety management program, meaning they should possess the following knowledge of rules and regulation from agencies such as:
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
- American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
- S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
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Here are four ways a safety consultant can help your business succeed, and even a tip to help you get these services on a budget:
- Save money – A safety consultant can save you money in the form of creating efficiencies in your workflow, as well as getting rid of extraneous practices that may otherwise be costing you money while not actually improving safety. A safety consultant is also likely less expensive than hiring a full-time employee. They can also help you avoid unneeded fines for OSHA violations or workers compensation penalties.
- Increase productivity — A safety consultant can help create processes that empower your employees to work smarter and faster—and most importantly, safer. And when things are safer, there are fewer incidents to report, meaning productivity is at a maximum.
- Give peace of mind — A safety consultant can help you sleep better at night by reassuring you that your business is adhering to all health and safety measures monitored by local, state and federal officials.
- Empower your employees — A safety consultant has a wide breadth of experience in dealing with the regulatory agencies, risk management, and safety training, and therefore can pass along all of these bits of information to employees in hopes that they will continue these practices. A truly effective safety consultant should be able to enter someone’s operation and empower employees to take safety seriously.
Lastly, if you’re a small to medium sized business and simply can’t afford to bring on a safety consultant to help build or assess your safety management program, OSHA offers FREE Safety and Health Consultation Services. This program involves OSHA sending a consultant from a state agency or university to visit your workplace to help you identify hazards and make recommendations on possible solutions.
At AWANE, we strongly believe in implementing safety management programs, and insist that this is one of the best ways to educate your employees on the benefits of creating and executing a safe workplace. Additionally, the safer your employers are, the more likely you are to avoid unnecessary workers compensation claims against your company.
Contact us to learn more about what other benefits administration services and employee benefit solutions we offer for automotive, roads, and fuel associations, or to hear more about the culture of company safety that we cultivate as part of our AICC worker’s compensation coverage program. The AICC offers unlimited loss control for our members, and many more benefits proven to reduce workers compensation claims. And don’t forget to stay connected with our Health & Wellness Safety Tips—we’re always adding more tips to help you and your employees create workplace safety.