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Employers can take positive steps to reduce the risk of employee injury in the workplace and improve employee job satisfaction in the process.  Companies are beginning to turn from a reactive to a proactive safety culture through a variety of programs and services that reduce costs down the road.  A reactive safety culture is defined as a workplace that deals with injuries after they occur; with little to no awareness, services, or programs to address the risk of injury to the employee. A proactive safety culture is defined as a workplace with awareness, action, and programs to reduce work related injuries through a variety of efforts and programs.  Employees who report early signs and symptoms of soreness/discomfort and receive care at their workplace are more likely to report higher job satisfaction.

Here are a few steps an employer can take to move to a proactive safety culture:

  1. Company self-assessment. A thorough, thoughtful assessment involving HR, safety, management, and employees is necessary to define company weaknesses, areas for improvement, and goals for moving toward a proactive safety program.  Understanding where the company is currently for injuries, near misses, employee engagement, and health care and work comp costs is a starting point for improvements and growth.
  2. Invest in Job Analysis. This process and final document can be customized to the employer’s goals, and provides information on physical demands, essential job functions, and even recommendations for injury risk reduction for a job.  Complying with ADAAA and EEOC standards also provides the employer with a pathway to accommodating workers, building post offer tests, and providing HR with information for job placement and advancement.
  3. Connect with an injury prevention specialist. Services through ongoing onsite presence of an injury prevention specialist who addresses employee reports of soreness through first aid interventions can reduce recordables, work comp injuries, and even health care costs.
  4. Data, Data, Data. Access to reports of employee progress, incidents, and interventions with the injury prevention specialist allows the company to gauge the health and growth of the program.  Are the goals for the program being met?  Are employee reports of soreness being addressed early and effectively?

These steps to reduce injury risk in the workplace can be implemented with the involvement of various departments in your company.  By moving from a reactive safety culture to a proactive one, companies will see costs decrease, and employee satisfaction and engagement increase.  That’s always good for business!

If your company would like to connect with an injury prevention specialist, contact PDRWorks today to get started. Explore  to learn more about our employer offerings and comprehensive worker health programs.