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Safety Incentive Program

Definition - What does Safety Incentive Program mean?

A safety incentive program provides workers with rewards for achieving certain goals related to the safety at a workplace. Prizes vary from cash, small souvenirs, certificates or visual recognitions such as monograms on the uniforms etc.. Safety incentive programs are arranged by organizations as a part of the health safety and management system in the workplace.

Safeopedia explains Safety Incentive Program

There are two types of safety incentive programs found to exist:

  • Rate-based programs, which rewards workers for achieving low rates of reported injuries or illnesses

  • Behavior-based programs, which rewards workers for certain behaviors, such as recommending safety improvements

An effective safety incentive program includes the following:

  • A safety policy for employees, customers and visitors

  • Standard operation procedure

  • Policies that well describe employee responsibilities for safety at work

  • A health, safety and environment committee and appointed safety personnel

  • Methods for appropriate corrective action

  • Management’s support for the safety

  • A performance appraisal system including safety performance

The design of safety incentive program depends on:

  • The goal of the program

  • The nature and size of operations

  • The number of employees and locations

  • Management support

  • Budget of the program

  • Effective panel of judges etc.

  • Effective communication to begin, announcing the achievements throughout, and a distinct closing ceremony

The goal of the incentive program is however, to increase worker alertness on safety issues and procedures, not to win prizes. Prizes or awards should not be so large that winning becomes the goal rather than improving safety. The program should be rewarding, entertaining, understandable, flexible, easy to manage, loyal to rules, promote accountability and encourage initiative. Additionally there should be daily reminders, peer and group pressure, visual recognition, hazard communication, good cooperation and expandable for employee benefits.

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