Safety incentives fall into two basic categories: lagging indicator incentives and leading Indicator behavior based systems.
Lagging indicator safety incentives were used in the early 1900’s, with use of them reported at Hoover Dam in 1931. They include money, barbecues, t-shirts, and other awards which are given out when a group of employees reach a milestone such as one million hours of safe performance, or one quarter without an injury. Safety Bingo is another incentive system tied to lagging indicators.
While these systems produce sometimes amazing and dramatic short term results, they often produce injury hiding and under reporting. OSHA changed the game when it fined Exel under the Whistleblower Memo for a lagging indicator incentive that caused injury hiding. Cash payments were made to workers and managers based on lagging indicator results.
Today companies must work hard to implement leading indicator programs that track, encourage and reward positive behavior rather than past results. The programs and educational materials at safetyincentives.com focus on leading indicator programs that build a foundation for positive behavior change and long-term results. Review the case studies that outline dozens of cases where companies implement safety incentive programs the right way, resulting in dramatic reduction in accidents and improved employee engagement.