What Makes for an Effective Safety Intervention?

Nov. 26, 2003
Is it ever too early in the hiring process to begin safety interventions? No, says one researcher.

Alison Vrendenburg, a consultant in California, studied the effectiveness of six management interventions designed to improve safety culture: communication/feedback, management support, hiring practices, rewards, training and employee participation. What she found may surprise some safety managers.

Her fieldwork centered on hospitals, where fatigue, stress, employee shortages and many hazards are reflected in high injury rates. She found that while most of the hospitals she studied fixed safety problems once they occurred, "what differentiated the best performers was that they also employed proactive measures to prevent accidents."

Vrendenburg found that employers were best served putting their resources into the "front-end hiring of new personnel and verifying that skills gained through training are being employed in the work areas."

Sponsored Recommendations

Free Webinar: ISO 45001 – A Commitment to Occupational Health, Safety & Personal Wellness

May 30, 2024
Secure a safer and more productive workplace using proven Management Systems ISO 45001 and ISO 45003.

ISO 45003 – Psychological Health and Safety at Work

May 30, 2024
ISO 45003 offers a comprehensive framework to expand your existing occupational health and safety program, helping you mitigate psychosocial risks and promote overall employee...

DH Pace, national door and dock provider, reduces TRIR and claims with EHS solution

May 29, 2024
Find out how DH Pace moved from paper/email/excel to an EHS platform, changing their culture. They reduced TRIR from 4.8 to 1.46 and improved their ability to bid on and win contracts...

Case Study: Improve TRIR from 4+ to 1 with EHS Solution and Safety Training

May 29, 2024
Safety training and EHS solutions improve TRIR for Complete Mechanical Services, leading to increased business. Moving incidents, training, and other EHS procedures into the digital...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of EHS Today, create an account today!