Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Seven Suggestions for a Successful Safety Incentives Program

For years, stakeholders have been debating the best ways to implement a safety incentives program. Should the program be results-based or process-based? What should its objective be? What are appropriate prizes? What kind of return on their investment can companies expect?

To try to answer some of those questions, Occupational hazards this month takes a look at the elements of safety incentives programs that proponents seem to have reached some consensus on. The following points are meant to help you decide whether a safety incentives program is right for you, and also to guide you through the process of setting up such a program.

1. A safety incentives program is only one facet of a comprehensive safety program.
2. The end goal of a safety incentives program is to reduce accidents and injuries.
3. Reward everyone and reward often.
4. Awards must be genuine, meaningful, important and worth achieving.
5. Keep the program simple.
6. Peer pressure can be a valuable tool.
7. Upper management needs to be on board.

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