With a new year around the corner, it’s time to reflect on the past 12 months and consider making new resolutions for 2018. When it comes to workers’ compensation, that means identifying and recommending new, effective ways that businesses can use to improve upon workplace accident prevention. The best way to start is instating a safety program.
A workers’ compensation safety program is designed to raise awareness of workplace safety standards and instruct employers and employees on promoting safety in the work environment. There’s several program courses to choose from, including CPR, first aid, workers’ comp awareness, and more. The industry to which a business belongs will determine the best program to implement. Here’s a breakdown of the most common program courses:
Accident Prevention. Specifically directed at supervisors and managers, this course emphasizes workers’ compensation, accident prevention, work habits, and supervisory methods needed to achieve accident and injury-free performances.
Accident Investigation. Also designed for supervisors and managers, an accident investigation course focuses on accident and workers’ compensation reporting. This course provides instruction on the principles of investigation, basic questions to ask, and how to use reporting to eliminate causes of accidents.
First Aid and CPR. The Industrial Commission offers a standard first aid and CPR course that is taught at an employer’s location. It’s a great training course for employees that presents detailed textbook information and visual aids. Those who complete the course are issued first aid and CPR certificates.
Like we mentioned above, there are several courses available that may or may not be used depending on the type of business and potential job situations/hazards. For example, construction industries are at risk for slips/falls, machinery accidents, and lifting injuries, which also happen to be topics of additional courses offered. Does your business need courses like these? Here’s what’s available:
- Chlorine safety
- Electrical safety
- Eye safety
- Fall protection
- Fire safety
- Hand safety
- Lifting safety
- Respiratory protection safety
- Slips, tips and falls
- Welding, cutting and brazing safety
Even if your business does have a safety program in place, it doesn’t hurt to review what’s currently being implemented and ensure the right courses are available to current and future employees. The more familiar and comfortable workers and their employers are with workplace safety standards, the fewer chances for workplace accidents. Have questions about safety programs or workers’ compensation in general? Contact Prior, Criner & Edwards Attorneys, your local experts in workers’ comp law!
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