I notice that one of the most popular subjects on which I blog is how to “lawfully” incentivize safety. A number of my Blogs and articles have focused on OSHA’s vigorous attacks on Employer Safety Incentive Programs or on the ineffectiveness of providing incentives based on the rate of recordable injuries.
There are several good articles on the web this weekend dealing with safety incentive programs and related issues, but I especially liked the EHS Magazine article explaining that Zero Injuries Does Not Equal Safety Excellence. While we should shoot for zero injuries and not just mouth it as a mindless saying, this is again an approach to safety focusing on lagging indicators. Good point. Focus on and incentivize the causes of safety.