2:32 am December 13, 2019

Assess Your Injury Prevention Program:
20 Key Questions for 2020

Source: Cory Austin

Whether you have a strong injury prevention program or one that needs improvement, the start of a new year is a great time to take a step back and ask questions.  Try these to get started:

Goals and Program Assessment

  1. Did you hit your goals for this year? Which programs are working and which are not?
  2. Have you set up injury goals for 2020? DART rate?  OSHA recordables?
  3. Did you meet a financial ROI for your program(s)?
  4. Do you have logical key performance indicators (KPIs) for your existing programs?
  5. Would a new program focused on strains and sprains help you meet goals?
  6. What steps have you taken to prepare for a safety audit?

Employee Engagement and Planning

  1. Do employees feel safe at work?
  2. Have you surveyed their aches and pains?
  3. Have you set up a culture where employees feel comfortable talking about discomfort?
  4. Does your injury prevention program take into account what employees care about?
  5. Have you planned for boomers close to retiring? Different needs?  How they can prepare to take care of their bodies?
  6. How are you planning for additional production demand or stress employees may face?

Business Planning

  1. How does employee health and safety fit into the overall company strategy?
  2. How does the economy affect your day-to-day EHS goals?
  3. Do you have a plan for the 2020 forecasted hire rate? Turnover rate?
  4. How will a growing employee population impact EHS?
  5. How will an uptick in production demands, a healthy economy and low employment rate impact your injury risk?


  1. How is your safety culture outside of the EHS department? What’s working and what’s not?
  2. How can you connect your colleagues (HR, Risk Manager, Plant Manager) into your safety goals? Have you asked them for feedback and suggestions?
  3. What goals will you communicate to senior management? What do you need to get there?

With over 30 years of experience, WorkWell has helped some of the biggest companies in the U.S. as well as medium to small companies in fast growth mode create a successful injury prevention program.  Contact us today for a fresh assessment of your program.

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