Superior Glove LogoClick to Call
MENU
Superior Glove Works, Ltd.

Bienvenidos a nuestra página web en Español, exclusiva para el territorio Mexicano.

Welcome visitors from Mexico! Visit our Mexico specific website in English.

Call us: (888) 428-1210

Superior Glove Newsletter

"Over 70% of hand & arm injuries could have been prevented with the proper protection equipment."

Injuries cost over $2000 on average. If reading our newsletter helps you prevent even one injury, isn’t that worth it?

Sign Up Now - it's free! (you can unsubscribe at any time)

No thanks, I don't need free safety tips or advice

Thanks for signing up!

Thank you for joining our newsletter list. You will receive your first issue shortly.

Don't forget to follow Superior Glove's social channels:

Close this and start browsing our gloves.

Superior Glove Newsletter

Hand injuries cost over $2,000 on average. If reading our newsletter helps you prevent even one injury, isn't that worth it?

You can unsubscribe at any time

No thanks, I don't want to prevent hand injuries.

Enjoying this post? Tell your friends!

Like this post? Share it!

Do Employee Safety Incentives Discourage Workers from Reporting Injuries?

by Joe Geng on September 23, 2015

Comments (0)


Workplace injury is a major concern for employers in all industries across the board, particularly in our litigious society, and there are various theories and ideas about how to improve safety without sacrificing productivity and efficiency. Among these efforts is that of safety incentive programs, which are formal processes designed to encourage best safety practices through a system of rewards. There is some debate whether or not these programs encourage, discourage, or have no effect on safety in the workplace. For many employers, these programs are simply adopted as a best practice, and they never follow up to see if the program is actually working.

Follow-Up Matters
A recent report cites an incident from 2005 wherein the explosion at the Texas City BP refinery killed 15 workers and injured 180—the refinery had a safety incentive program in place, but a later study indicated that workers were still afraid to report risky conditions, for fear of reprisal from management.

The follow-up study, along with one conducted in 2009 by the federal Government Accountability Office, found that such safety incentive programs can actually have the opposite effect of their intention. That is to say, safety incentive programs can create a disincentive for reporting, because workers will be afraid of the consequences of reporting injuries and illnesses.
QUOTE SIGN
OSHA Involvement
The most recent GAO study recommends that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) take a more direct hand in examining the efficacy of safety incentives and other reporting programs. OSHA is currently not required to oversee safety incentives, but GAO feels that it’s important for OSHA to evaluate the potential effects, both positive and negative, of such policies and procedures where injury and illness reporting are concerned.

OHS_2014_NPOY_cmyk

Avoiding Discrimination
In response to GAO’s recommendations, OSHA has issued a statement to employers, warning that employees have the right to report injuries and safety issues, and acting against them for exercising such rights is discriminatory. If, for example, an employer provides a drawing for a cash prize every year that is open to any employees who have not been injured, this can be viewed as a disincentive to report injuries, as much as it can be viewed as an incentive to practice safe workplace procedures.

Types of Employee Safety Incentives
The two basic types of incentive programs are rate-based and behavior-based programs, and each has its own benefits and drawbacks.

  • Rate-Based Programs offer prizes, cash bonuses, or other physical rewards for having a low or null rate of injuries or illnesses in the workplace over a specified period (6 months, 1 year, etc.)
  • Behavior-Based Programs are not tied to illness and injury rates, but to engaging in safe practices in the workplace. In this case, rewards may be provided to workers who identify dangerous working conditions, or suggesting potential improvements to safety policies; in many cases, these programs also penalize employees for not engaging in best safety practices.

awards

The GAO report found little evidence to support how effective safety incentive programs in the workplace are, but did conclude that rate-based programs act as disincentive to report safety issues, since doing so could exempt the reporter from offered rewards.


Like this post?   Rate it.   Save it.   Share it!

Be the first to rate this!

Click a star to rate:
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars
Loading...

 

Share Your Comments



Related Articles

Email Newsletter

Newsletter: Send me useful tips, industry articles and new product announcements (every month or so).

Subscribe today
Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Our Commitment to Privacy

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.

The Information We Collect

This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the Superior Glove™ website. On some pages, you can make requests and register to receive materials. The types of personal information collected at these pages are:

  • Name and Company Name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Website address

How We Use Information

We use the information you provide about yourself when making an inquiry or requesting consultation only to complete that request. We do not share this information with outside parties.

We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.

You can register with our website if you would like to receive our newsletter as well as updates on our new services. Information you submit on our website will not be used for this purpose unless you fill out the registration form.

Although information from those who contact us through our website is used to improve the design of it, it is done in a non-identified, purely statistical fashion. We do not share it with outside parties, in any form, at any time.

Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

Our Commitment to Data Security

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Accessibility Policy

Superior Glove Works Ltd. is committed to excellence in serving all customers including people with disabilities. View our Accessible Customer Service Plan.

Let's Connect
 

Superior Glove Works Ltd. – Work and Safety Gloves Copyright 2017 | Call us: 1-888-428-1210
A leading manufacturer, distributor and wholesale supplier of work, safety and industrial gloves since 1910.

Sign up ONE TIME ONLY for free
unlimited access to all of our downloads.

*After signing up, this page will refresh and you’ll be able to download.

BEFORE YOU GO

Download the Definitive Guide to Hand Protection for FREE.

Hand Injury Rates are Reduced by 60% when using the right gloves.

No thanks, my hands are safe