If you agree that keeping your employees safe is one of your biggest responsibilities, selecting a safety partner is going to be a close second. To assist you in selecting the right safety firm, this week we have been posting a series of questions you should ask when vetting a potential safety partner.
Previously we covered why it is important to work with a company who can provide a comprehensive safety solution, the benefits of working with a safety partner who manufacturers their own line of safety products, the ability of your safety supplier to deliver PPE when you need them and why it is essential that you select a safety firm who is more interested in helping you reduce incidents than in selling you “stuff.”
To read the content covered in our previous blog, as well as get all 6 questions you should be asking (and to learn the answers you want to hear), click here to download our comprehensive white paper on the topic.
Our final installment of questions covers the guarantees that your safety partner will provide to lower incidents and how to gauge their level of commitment to help you protect your most valuable assets – your employees.
Question: Will your safety partner guarantee that they can create and help implement a plan that will reduce the number of incidents at your location(s)?
It is important to ensure your safety partner has a proven track record as it relates to reducing the number of incidents across an organization and, in turn, reducing the expense that is affiliated with keeping your workplace safe. You can judge the confidence of your safety partner to reduce your incident rates by their ability to put skin in the game and offer a money back guarantee if they don’t reduce incidents by at least 10%. Then, and only then, will you know you are working with a true safety partner who is invested in the process to help your workers stay safe while reducing the costs associated with safety.
It’s no longer enough to simply purchase the right type of PPE. You need a safety partner who will work with you to identify opportunities for improvement, demonstrate proven strategies to reduce incidents and then provide you with documented cost savings reports. Is your safety partner a trusted advisor who is not trying to “sell” you, but instead “guide” you with options that work best for your organization? Such a relationship will not only help you keep your workers protected, but it will also save you money.
This type of relationship is ideal because it satisfies the needs of the procurement office who is trying to reduce costs while also serving the needs of the safety director who needs to reduce incidents.
Question: Is your safety partner committed to protecting your most valuable assets (employees) by recognizing the social impact of a safe working environment – including that human life is priceless?
To some safety companies, it’s a numbers game. Sell, or re-sell, as many products as possible to make sales quotas. While other “catalog” companies offer safety items, safety is clearly not their expertise. They consider safety just another product line, not unlike paint brushes or screws.
You and your workers deserve better. You deserve to work with safety professionals who want to partner with you, who desire to understand your unique needs, work with you and your workers to find the best solutions, and partner with you to drive down injuries and your overall costs.
Having a safety partner who can not only provide your team with the proper PPE, but employs a staff of full-time EH&S professionals you can trust, will ensure you are compliant and will actually lower your injury rates.
If, after your exhaustive search to find the right safety partner, you are no closer to selecting a firm than when you started, let this mantra guide you: “Work with a company that is passionate about safety and helping your workers get home safely every day.”
At Arbill, we invest our expertise to help organizations, like yours, keep workers safe. As a company dedicated to worker protection, we see the probability for the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses… and we focus on preventing them.
Injuries and fatalities in the workplace weigh heavily on workers and their families, employers and everyone involved in the process. These injuries and fatalities often bring hardship and suffering, down time and increased costs. We know from published statistics that more than three million workers are injured seriously each year. For many of these workers, the injuries are devastating – physically, emotionally, and financially.
At Arbill, we envision a future in which every worker makes it home safely, every day. Working together, we WILL reduce injuries in your workplace. That’s our mission. That's how we can help you combat the rising costs of injuries... and, most importantly, protect your workers.
Proper training, education and EH&S services, along with appropriate safety products can significantly reduce, if not eliminate, these injuries along with the cost burden associated with them. Let Arbill help you reach your goal of “0” injuries this year while growing a culture of safety within your organization.
If you would like to learn how Arbill can help you create a culture of safety throughout your company as well as reduce incidents while also reducing your safety spend, call us at 800-523-5367. You can also visit us online at arbill.com. If you would like to receive our comprehensive white paper on the 6 questions you should be asking before you pick a safety partner, click here.
Have a safe day!