| Winter 2009


Top Ten Ways to Improve Your Safety Program

Start early. Safety training should be part of your new-employee orientation. Do not let new employees start working until they show that they understood your instructions.

Lead by example. Everyone, from the president to front-line employees, should work proactively to identify and eliminate hazards.

Track trends. Use the Texas Mutual® online loss run and claim detail tool to find out which job tasks and areas of your facility have experienced the highest number of accidents.

Speak the language. Follow these tips for keeping non-English speakers safe on the job.

Remember young workers. Teen workers are often inexperienced and scared to ask questions. One of the best things you can do to help them stay safe on the job is simply be approachable. Texas Mutual's website includes information on teen worker safety.

Fight substance abuse. Between 10 percent and 20 percent of the nation’s workers who die on the job test positive for alcohol or other drugs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. You can clean up the problem by launching a “zero tolerance” substance abuse policy that includes testing.*

Hire the right people. Good hiring procedures include thorough background and reference checks, physical exams and drug screening (see abobr. Make sure your hiring process complies with the Texas Labor Code and Americans with Disabilities Act. The Texas Department of Public Safety offers criminal history checks at htp://records.txdps.state.tx.us.

Investigate accidents. Uncover and correct the root causes of workplace accidents as soon as possible. Treat near-misses, which are accidents that almost happened, the same way.

Prepare for emergencies. Make sure your employees know exactly what to do during a fire, tornado or other emergency. If you have more than 10 employees, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires you to have written emergency preparedness procedures.

Use online safety tools. Policyholders can visit the Texas Mutual® safety resource center to evaluate their safety program, download safety procedures that fit their operations, and get DVDs, videos, pamphlets and other training materials.

*Consult an attorney before you launch a drug-testing program to ensure you comply with all laws.

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