Six Steps for Setting Effective Safety Goals
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Establishing goals for your safety performance program provides a vital blueprint for implementing and directing the organizations resources in order to achieve desired outcomes. Regardless of your staffing firms size, it's a good idea to have specific safety-related goals and to put those goals in writing. Setting the right safety goals can have a measurable impact on the safety program and on the company as a whole. So what steps can you take to help set the best and most meaningful goals for your company?
Here are some ideas to help get you started:
- Make sure safety goals are realistic and achievable. Zero injuries is not a realistic goal. However, setting a goal to see a reduction of lost time injuries by 10 percent from the previous year allows your company to focus on minimizing the severity of injuries while also incorporating an element to improve from the previous year.
- Do not create your safety goals in a vacuum. Involve other people, like your established company safety committee, to help you get others perspectives on the issues. There should also be representation from all levels of the company for varied opinions and viewpoints.
- Make the goals measurable. A goal that states avoid soft tissue injuries is too vague to be measured and tracked. A measurable goal would be no more than 4 soft tissue injuries this year.
- Keep trying. When goals are not met, go back and evaluate what went wrong. Involve key personnel and discuss what changes could be made to meet the goal in the future. If it becomes clear early in the year the goal is unattainable, adjust that goal for the year so there is still something to work towards.
- Start at the top. Management needs to know their participation in safety decisions is as important as setting the budget. If employees are to buy into the goals, management needs to lead by example.
- Review injuries sustained over the past year. Look for any trends in incidents or types of injuries. Once trends have been discovered, these can be used as a focus of upcoming goals.
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