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Best practice of the week: 5.3.1 Worker Safety

In our focus on COVID-19, are we distracted from seeing other safety threats? Every year, work injuries cost industry $170 billion. In the public sector, it’s $ 159 billion. A safety-first attitude is not only ethical and humane, it improves an organization’s functionality, morale and performance. Don’t let one crisis create another.


Definition of worker safety: “Keeping everyone being and feeling safe both physically and psychologically.”

Practice Summary

Firm-wide attitude

  • Zero tolerance for injury – safety is a pre-condition for the work, not a priority
  • Everyone is responsible
  • Safety requests are not subject to budget review – potential threats are fixed immediately

 Four-point plan framework

  • Management commitment and employee involvement
  • Worksite analysis
  • Hazard prevention and control
  • Training for employees, supervisors, and managers

 Injury related costs

  • Wage risk premium (higher wages paid for riskier jobs)
  • Wage and productivity losses
  • Medical expenses
  • Administrative expenses
  • Employers’ uninsured costs

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 3 Good Questions (discuss in a management meeting)

  1. How do you return to feeling safe after a problem?
  2. What role does compensation play in safety?
  3. How does safety differ among types of staff?

We know it’s hard to do, but now’s the time to ask, “What else could go wrong?”

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