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Five Things You Must Do To Have Very Good Safety Program


Safety Program Five Things You Must Do

There are five things you must do to have a very good safety program according to our safety consultant, Glen DuLac.

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A ) Have  the best bulletproof  ( IIPP)  Injury and  Illness Prevention plan that you can create or modify.  This need not be expensive.   You can take a template,  but you must modify it to reflect the hazards that are inherent in your company’s operation.

In my business, three years ago, I stopped charging clients for writing an IIPP. The key is to identify the foreseeable hazards, and then put your IIPP into action.  Without execution the best plan is of no value.

B ) Do have regular safety training for all employees.  Low hazard or moderate hazard industries may need between 6 to 24 safety meetings per year.   High hazards may need more, for example, OSHA’s mandate for the construction industry is a weekly tailgate Do not delude yourself into thinking that one meeting a year will be enough, OSHA states regular safety training.

C ) Do get your employees involved.  This can be done in 100 different ways, here are a few that work:  Safety committees, incentive plans, a blue card system, recognition lunches or dinners, a Safety Newsletter.f  you do have a safety recognition lunch, the President or a high level V.P. should hand out the a

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D ) Senior Management must get involved and lead by example.   For example, if eye protection is required on the shop floor, no manager should be seen without his eye protection.   Iwards along with an enthusiastic “ Way to go.”

E )  Make losing painful.  There needs to consequences for the bad apples who violate your safety rules.   Companies that issue Safety Citations to rule breakers will get compliance.

In my personal experience, companies that do not enforce the safety rules, are usually the ones with high Ex Mods.  Speaking of high Ex Mods, did you know that the State of NC mandates a Safety Committee for companies that have high Ex Mods?

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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

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