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Have you been given an expanded safety role in your organization? If so, your first step should be to analyze the top loss drivers by frequency and severity, according to Christine R. Zichello, RN, COHN-S, CSHM, ARM, FAAOHN, senior risk control specialist at PMA Companies' Mount Laurel, NJ, branch office. Armed with this information, Zichello says you can "drill down" to establish an action plan for each loss driver. Here is what to document:
Your goal, such as "to reduce slips and falls in the laundry department by 10% in 2009."
What is being measured. For example, you might want to measure the number of claims reported to insurance carrier and incurred costs.
What is being done to reduce risks. This might include trialing of slip-resistant shoes, an educational program for the staff to heighten awareness about a particular safety risk, or conducting a safety audit of a department.
"It should be determined who is responsible for each of these activities," adds Zichello. While the occupational health nurse (OHN) might take the lead, Zichello says that involvement in the action plan should include employees, managers, supervisors, and members of the safety committee.
Target dates. "This action plan document can be shared with upper management to demonstrate the positive impact you have had on identifying the loss drivers, what steps were taken to address the cause, and the results," says Zichello.