What Are “Safety Incentives”?

For most risk managers and loss control experts, “safety incentives” are whatever motivational tool encourages a company’s workforce to increase safety awareness do to achievement.

However, for many, the question then becomes: "Why should I have to motivate my employees to do something they should be doing in the first place?"

The answer is simple:   Because it’s much more expensive not to.   Let’s face it, in today’s economic environment, cost reduction is essential. To accomplish that, ensuring a workforce avoids costly accidents resulting in injuries and damage to property is essential.   So, a good company builds a strong safety program.

But even if you build the world’s greatest car, it’s not going to get anywhere without "gas in the tank" – that is to say, the crucial commitment of the workforce itself. That’s where safety incentives come in.

For those exploring safety incentives on-line for the first time, they’ll quickly discover there are basically two types of Safety Incentives plans offered:

PRODUCT Driven Safety Incentives: This is the type of incentive provider who derives its primary revenue through providing any and all kinds of products to award employees for various kinds of safety success. It can range from company caps, cups or jackets to high-end items such as flat-screen TV’s, DVD players, etc.

These safety inventive companies make their money by requiring the client to sign an agreement – and often pay UPFRONT – for a year’s worth of prizes/products which are available to the workforce as the safety awards employees received. They then provide some sort of simple game mechanism – usually scratch-off cards, or some similar gimmick which allows an employee to accumulate points towards prize redemption for various achievements or contributions.

PROGRAM Driven Safety Incentives: Rather than making money from marking up a given line of products/prizes 100%, providers of Program-Driven safety incentive systems are selling a fully integrated system of both group and individual safety incentives utilizing its unique safety incentive formula.

Instead of being a one-size-fits-all strategy, such systems are fully customizable to a given Company’s needs and goals. The best of such safety incentive systems are fully-integrated to incorporate all of the
essential elements of an effective safety incentive program.

These elements are ALWAYS present as integral to any successful effective safety incentive program. Without them, motivating employees can easily lead to that most dangerous of flaws in a defective safety incentive approach:
driving injuries underground.

Since 1991, Safety Pays has been the industry leader in providing the most effective low-cost safety incentive program available. Having worked with nearly 10,000 client companies over the past 25+ years, the Safety Pays formula for success is simple:

Provide a given company a safety incentive fun, rewarding approach to increase both group and individual employee safety awareness – with proven accident/injury elimination as a result.


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