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Jill Hoffmann of Hortica®, a brand of the Sentry Insurance Group, explains the steps needed to develop a business safety plan.

September 26, 2016
Kelli Rodda
Insurance Insights by Hortica

Q: What steps do we need to take to develop a safety program?

Jill Hoffmann: In developing a safety program, it is important to put together a written program to help outline/document your plan, as well as designate responsibilities. 

This should include the following: a safety policy statement signed by the company president or operating officer (this highlights and enforces the importance of safety with top management and the rest of the company); your general company information (i.e. name, address, emergency phone numbers); designation of safety coordinator and the coordinator’s responsibilities; employee reporting and conduct expectations; inspection procedures; hazard correction procedures; accident investigation procedures; disciplinary procedures; employee training (i.e. what topics it will cover, how often it will take place); and record keeping (OSHA 300 log). 

A safety committee can also be created to meet monthly and discuss safety/claims within the company.

Jill Hoffmann inspects a greenhouse for safety risks.

Jill Hoffmann is a senior loss control consultant at Hortica®, a brand of the Sentry Insurance Group.


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