When Do You Need A Full Time Safety Manager?September 16, 2012 No Comments
Recently I was asked by the HR Director at a growing company, “at what point are we large enough to need a full-time, in-house, safety manager?” This is a great question that I have been asked before, but unfortunately there is no easy black and white answer.
One needs to consider a number of factors when determining if the time is right to hire a safety manager. Consider:
- What are your accident frequency and severity rates? How do theycompare with your competitors rates?
- What is your workers compensation insurance “experience modifier”?
- Are you in a high hazard industry?
- Have you recently received an inspection from OSHA that resulted in high cost citations?
- Is senior management satisfied with the safety program and its’ results?
- Are employees (or the union) expressing concerns about safety or health issues?
- How much time are the current managers spending on safety related activities, and would their time be better spent doing their main jobs?
Sometimes companies will hire a full time safety manager before they actually need one. They will then back fill by assigning the new safety manager other responsibilities to keep them busy. These activities often include: plant security, environmental compliance, workers compensation claims, risk management/insurance, and supervising housekeeping and pest control contractors.
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