Many body shop owners will subscribe to a safety and pollution prevention program like S/P2. This is a fantastic way to get the education you need, but if you’re anything like other shop owners and managers you are probably limiting the training to a very small group. That’s just not cutting it. You need to have a shop-wide safety program that doesn’t just exist in a couple key members’ heads. We’re going to let you in on a little secret: If you regularly train all of your staff, you’re well ahead of most other body shops out there.
1. Put a training schedule on a calendar where every employee can see it (make participation mandatory)
This is one way to ensure that everyone will not only attend, but expect safety training because they’re seeing it every single day. Your staff will not only get used to these trainings, but they’ll also come with ideas on how to improve overall safety and health of fellow employees. Make sure to make these trainings specific enough to your shop but also general enough to cover all safety hazards your shop is exposed to.
2. Implement one new safety plan improvement every quarter
This is where the rubber meets the road. You’ve gone over the safety program with everyone in your business, now what? Make sure that you and your team select just a few safety items that you can improve on and work on those over quarter until the next meeting. Review these at the beginning of your next meeting and if they’ve been successfully implemented check them off and move on to improving other areas of your overall safety program.
3. Constantly update your safety program
One of the best ways to make your safety program updateable is to keep it on the cloud (you can keep a Google Doc online and update from your phone). Update your safety program during your quarterly meetings and make important notes when safety issues arise (typically in the form of an injury). We’ve seen time and time again where a new employee doesn’t ever get trained on a shop’s safety program and they only catch glimpses of it during a quarterly safety meeting. Make sure that they’re given the entire plan and sign-off that they’ve read it and are willing to follow it. A good safety program will go over do’s and do-not’s, get specific enough and be general enough for all staff roles to be considered, and provide the backbone to a culture of safety in your collision repair center.
Body Shop Safety Program On The Cloud: We created this online document that you can copy and use in your operation. Update it, modify it, and use it during your quarterly training meetings: https://goo.gl/RC3N9Y
Shop Safety Training Program Employee Sign-out: With a safety program in place, require all members of your team to sign-out, indicating they’ve attended the safety training for your body shop. Click here for the simple safety training sign-out form: https://goo.gl/RY9Psx
Western Pacific Insurance highly recommends that you implement an encompassing Employee Safety & Injury Prevention Program in addition to having these regular trainings. This is an OSHA requirement and you are at risk of being fined if you do not have this in place. We can assist you with dividing up safety management responsibilities among your team and implement injury tracking (knowing type of injury will help you zone in on what hazards need to be addressed), and help you maintain excellent records compliance for OSHA.
Please reach out to our Risk Management Department to assist you with managing your auto body shop’s long-term insurance rate reduction. A safer environment can not only save you money on your insurance, it will also make for a happy and safe team. Call 702-932-3105 to get the conversation started on your risk assessment and safety program today.