Successful Prevention Programs
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Experience has shown that essential elements of a prevention program are not technical systems, but rather it is the ability to motivate participation and use of fundamental skills and practices that are most critical to success.
Education is an investment in the resource that you have trusted with your most valuable asset, productivity. Instilling responsibility of the fundamental skills and practices directly to your employees insures longevity of success.
SAVE A BACK has proven the ability to motivate participation and teach fundamental skills and practices to prevent back injuries since 1983.
Disseminate Information Across All Employee Groups
In order for the overall prevention program to be successful, a careful plan of introduction is necessary. SAVE A BACK’s experienced service incorporates the groundwork necessary to succeed.
Two sets of educational awareness programs should be conducted:
- Education for managers: Management must be convinced of the value of the program and understand how new elements will play an important part in the overall back injury prevention program for the organization and improving the quality of the lives of employees.
- Education for the entire workforce: Before the benefits of success can be highlighted, all staff should receive education on the philosophies of the prevention program, as well as why the new ideas are being introduced into their work site. Many in risk assessment leave out “low risk” employees only to later experience a high cost injury. However, at the implementation phase, heavy involvement with the work force is needed in order for all elements to be accepted.
Involve workforce in decisions
To be most effective, it is important that interventions for injury risk reduction meet the approval of the work force. In industry, the common thread of strategies for acceptance of safety interventions is that the individual employee participates in the decision making to benefit their health. Such strategies are included in the SAVE A BACK program through the elements that help reduce workplace injuries.
Encourage Prevention Leaders
We implement a new program equip with knowledgeable people that have enthusiasm and leadership capabilities. SAVE A BACK instructors take the lead teaching the prevention elements included in the initial program on site with your employees. Acting as a resource, coach, and leader, they monitor and informally evaluate participants as they perform the key elements of SAVE A BACK.
Current management philosophy supports the use of peer leaders to effect change and increase involvement in safety issues. Because of the education provided by SAVE A BACK, students have the ability to share knowledge and experience with co-workers and individuals in their circle of influence off the job. Peer leaders should be encouraged to implement safe movement choices and other key interventions provided. Formal leaders from SAVE A BACK along with the peer leaders can be encouraged in the workforce to continue to support the prevention elements.
The role of SAVE A BACK is not static. All success needs to be supported. Meetings could be held to share new information gained through discussions to allow for maintenance of a “team” atmosphere, a forum for discussion, and mutual support. Maintenance requires continued exposure to successful strategies to maintain safe work environments. Ongoing biannual training and support is also advised.