Checklist for Assessing an Employee Safety Program
1. Safety Committee
• Do members have defined roles and responsibilities?
• Are there regularly scheduled meetings?
• Does the committee have good representation (motivation, knowledge, assigned work area)?
• Is there a system of accountability (minutes taken, a method of identifying who is responsible for items, and due dates assigned)?
2. Information Management
• Are data and information on workers’ compensation and safety programs available and used in safety program development?
• Are you able to utilize trend information?
• Do you provide effective reports to management?
3. Training Programs
• Is there a method of tracking training (who has received what training and who needs what training)?
• Is training based upon risk and need?
• Are trainers knowledgeable and skilled?
• Are satisfaction surveys conducted for trainings?
• Is training convenient for employees?
4. Return-to-Work Program
• Do you have an early return-to-work program in place?
• Are supervisors kept informed of injured employees’ progress?
• Are injured employees supported in their recuperation process?
• Is the medical care provided to injured workers timely, convenient, and effective?
• Do providers share your organization’s philosophy?
• Are providers trained in occupational medicine?
• Do providers communicate diagnoses and treatment plans effectively to employees?
• Do providers support an early return-to-work program?
• Are injured employees instructed in appropriate exercises, and is physical therapy utilized?
• Are satisfaction surveys conducted on providers?
• Do providers give you written reports?
• Do the doctors and physical therapists visit the work sites?
6. Safety Culture
• What kind of safety culture exists at your organization?
• What are the organization’s greatest safety concerns?
• Do you have a safety process in place?
• Is there a quality assurance program?
Source: Business Health Systems, Santa Rosa, CA.