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?

5. Providers

• 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.