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What you don’t know… Can hurt you! -Trindel Insurance Fund - Loss Prevention and the Supervisor Presented by: Gene Herndon Director of Loss Prevention.

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2 What you don’t know… Can hurt you!

3 -Trindel Insurance Fund - Loss Prevention and the Supervisor Presented by: Gene Herndon Director of Loss Prevention Programs

4 What is Loss Prevention?

5 Loss -  Worker injury resulting in lost time, medical treatment and associated costs.  Lost productivity due to real or perceived threat of worker injury.  Worker injury, property damage or liability due to a lack of proper practices, policies and procedures.

6 Prevention -  Identification and assessment of potential losses.  Actions taken to avoid identified potential losses.  Policies, procedures and practices aimed at preventing loss.

7 What This Means to You As a Supervisor.  As a supervisor the health and safety of the workplace is your responsibility.  You make the work rules.  Your attitude = worker attitude.

8 What Are Your Legal Responsibilities?

9 California Labor Code: – “Employers shall furnish safe employment.” –6401- “Employers shall provide all necessary safeguards to protect employees”. – Injury prevention program. – Requirements of employer & employees. – Prohibition against unsafe or unhealthy work sites. – Prohibits interfering with or neglecting to provide safe or healthful equipment or practices. – Defines “employer”, “supervisor” and penalties for violations.

10 Cal. O. $.H.A  Title 8 – General Industry Injury and Illness Prevention Plan – Construction Injury and Illness Prevention Plan  Public agencies are now subject to monetary penalties. –Serious Violation … $25, per occurrence! –Failure to abate … $15, per day!!!

11 Worker’s Compensation,  Serious and willful non-compliance.  Results in substantial penalties.

12 Penal Code … “Be a Manager & Go To Jail”  Concealing dangerous condition.  Results in injury or death.  Fines, imprisonment or both.  May result in civil litigation.

13 Civil Responsibility  Civil Suits –County is not obligated to defend you. –County not responsible for penalties.

14 What Is a Supervisor?  An empowered person.  Department head to a temporary project leader.  An agent of the employer.  Responsible as an employer.

15 What Is Your Role in Loss Prevention?  You are the “leader”. –Employees look to you for leadership. –Your attitude determines their attitude.  You represent the commitment of the county. –The success of loss prevention depends on the behavior of the employee. –The employee’s behavior depends in great part on your commitment to loss prevention.

16 “Kind of scary, huh?”

17 Tools for Loss Prevention... (or How to Protect Yourself) Injury & Illness Prevention Program

18  Named Person  Safety Communication  Identification of Hazards  Investigation  Remediation  Recognition & Compliance  Training  Record Keeping

19 Named Person u Specific u Responsible

20 Safety Communication  Employee Safety Meetings  Department Safety Representatives (DSR)  County Wide Safety Committee  Incident/Hazard Reports  Posters and Newsletters

21 Hazard Identification  Written or Verbal Employee Reports of Hazards  Employee Report of “Near Misses”  Scheduled Inspections of Workplaces  Ongoing Supervisor inspections  Safety Planning

22 Hazard / Incident Investigations & Remediation  Timely Response to Reported Hazards  Investigate for Cause not Blame  Determine Corrective Action  “If you can’t fix it, don’t use it!”

23 Recognition u Employee Performance Evaluations t Make Safety a “Real” measure of performance. u Ongoing routine recognition u Games u Awards

24 Compliance Ongoing routine observation Immediate Consistent Progressive Employee Performance Evaluations t Make Safety a “Real” measure of performance.

25 Training  All Employees  New Employees  New Assignments  New Processes or Procedures  Post Incident  Refresher

26 Documentation  All Training  All Recognition  All Compliance “If it’s not in writing, it didn’t happen!”  All Reported Hazards  All Inspections  All Remediation  Monthly employee safety meeting

27 The Benefits...  You are not exposed to regulatory scrutiny.  Reduce your vulnerability to litigation, civil and criminal.  Real reduction in losses = $$.  Increased employee morale and productivity.  Reduced employee personnel actions.

28 Success Depends on You !  Loss prevention must be a priority.  You must be committed.  You must follow through.  You must be consistent.  You must lead by example.


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