According to the 2011 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the most disabling workplace injuries and illness in 2009, amounted to $50.1 billion in direct US workers costs.
Another source, the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), reports the total costs paid by employers for workers’ compensation, increased from $60 billion in 2000 to $74 billion in 2009.
In addition to these direct costs, employers also have to incur a variety of other costs that might be hidden or less obvious, when an employee is injured or ill. So, if you were to witness some resulting benefits, in the form of greater worker productivity, then you need to think of some best practices.
Here are some case studies which demonstrate the impact on productivity, without implementing a safety training program.
- StayWell Health Management and Riedel & Associates Consultants, Inc., established the NIF in 2009, and research demonstrated that the NIF comprised 3.4% of all productivity loss or 1.8 weeks, per person, per year. This finding was based on a sample of 772,750 employees, representing 106 employers, within five industry sectors.
- A University of Michigan study showed that 85% of workers’ compensation costs were attributed to worker health status, tied to risk assessment.
- In a 2009 study conducted by Kuhnen et al,60, a comparison of low-risk health risk assessment (HRA) participants with high-risk participants showed that those with high risk were nearly 3 times more likely to file a worker’s compensation (WC) claim, whereas medium-risk participants were 1.5 times more likely to file a short-term disability claim.
How will you ensure and evaluate that your employees are getting the appropriate training? How can you help an organization to embrace compulsory safety training program?
The best way to come up of this barrier is adopting online training. Most experts will agree that the future of safety training, will increasingly involve Internet-based training or e-Learning. And, if we can leverage the proven benefits of online safety training, it will yield to bottom-line business benefits such as, increased safety and productivity.
OSHA estimates that implementation of injury and illness prevention programs will reduce injuries by 15 percent to 35 percent, for employers who do not now have safety and health programs.
Again, a Harvard analysis of the literature on costs and savings, associated with prevention programs in the workplace, found that medical costs were reduced by $3.27 and absenteeism costs were reduced by $2.73 for every $1.00 spent on comprehensive workplace wellness and prevention programs.
Safety e-Learning is an effective training tool in the avoidance, mitigation and defense of workplace injuries. If you can demonstrate that you have provided the necessary and relevant training, then your organization is better protected. With e-Learning, you can come up with safety training procedures. One such example is, to demonstrate safe lifting practices, we can use dynamic visuals to represent procedures and they result in better learning, as well as faster performance on the test. And lastly, a study reported in Training Magazine indicated that organizations save 50-70% on training costs, when they use e-learning programs, instead of classroom courses.