Education Helps Make the Grade for a Safer Workplace

Basic RGBThe earlier employees are introduced to safe work behaviors, the more likely those behaviors are to become habits. Safety should be a key part of your new-employee orientation process, as well as for current employees who take on new tasks.

There are a number of free resources available for employers who want to educate their employees about safety.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promotes safe workplaces through education and training. OSHA offers a wide selection of free training materials and resources to help educate employers and employees on the recognition, avoidance and prevention of safety hazards.

At the state regulatory level, the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation offers free safety and health publications, as well as a DVD/audiovisual loan program.

Insurance companies have a vested interest in promoting workplace safety, as well. Many, including Texas Mutual, provide free safety resources. Any employer can visit worksafetexas.com to access free resources designed to keep workplaces safe.

Texas Mutual distilled the process of preventing workplace accidents down to three core steps. Employers can visit texasmutualsafetyfirst.com to learn how to plan, train and analyze their way to a better safety program.

The majority of workplace fatalities happen behind the wheel. Texas Mutual’s safehandtexas.org website offers free tips on getting from Point A to Point B safely.

In addition, Texas Mutual policyholders have access to thousands more free training materials in the
safety resource center. It includes a multimedia library of streaming videos, DVDs, pamphlets and other training materials. The resources are free, and many are available in Spanish.

Local colleges also have free courses available for employers and employees. Recently, Texas Mutual Insurance Company awarded $300,000 in grants to Kilgore College, Midland College and College of the Mainland. The grants will continue to fund free workplace safety courses for employers, employees and the general public through the colleges’ risk management institutes.

Educating employees about workplace safety can greatly increase efficiency, productivity, morale and profitability; but more importantly, it can prevent accidents and injuries.

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