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The Case for Safety Scoreboards

"Measure what you treasure."
      - Wayne Johnson, CEO, Accuform

Safety scoreboards are a cornerstone of a successful safety program.

There are many important points to a successful safety program including safety performance management, regulatory compliance, employee involvement, hazard recognition and control, communication, audits, and planning just to name a few. While impossible for a single product to affect all aspects of the safety program, the Safety Scoreboard does have a positive effect in many of them and should be an essential tool for any safety program.

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Leadership Commitment

Leadership’s commitment to safety is a key point in a safety program.

Tangible investments toward safety increase employee awareness and adherence to safety protocols. It is important to note that after such an investment, if not kept up to date and accurate, the neglect of this important safety measurement can actually have an adverse effect on the company’s safety culture. The Digi-Day® Family of Electronic Scoreboards are well suited to this task because they automatically increment each day so that your investment stays solid.

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Raise Safety Awareness

Increased awareness is directly tied to reduced injuries and accidents.

Safety scoreboards provide a positive safety message and further engage the employee by providing up-to-date information specific to the company. Beyond a simple safety poster, the scoreboard becomes an important reference point for the employee with which to gauge progress toward the company’s goals.

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Set Goals/Track Progress

In order to achieve a goal, it must first be set - publicly if possible.

Setting a goal publicly increases the chance it is  kept and achieved. To these ends, setting a goal for safe days with your employees creates a teamwork atmosphere with regards to safety. It takes everyone to be safe to meet and exceed the goal. This will aid in creating a culture where the burden of policing safety matters and encouraging safe practices becomes everyone's responsibility. Achievement in this type of goal is a team activity.

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Regular Safety Talks

Beyond training, regular safety communication increases awareness.

Creating opportunities to discuss safety is an important activity. Making safety a regular topic of discussion increases the likelihood that employees will be comfortable intervening in unsafe scenarios or reporting unsafe conditions. Scoreboards create opportunities to discuss safety at regular intervals and on special occasions when reset, upon achieving significant numbers, or breaking previous records. This variety of milestones offers variety of message as well as opportunities for teaching moments.

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Employee Participation

Employee involvement creates a vested interest and engagement.

Providing an avenue for employee participation gives them a stake in the success of the program and encourages further participation and involvement. By educating employees daily with the current number of safe days, you empower them to help keep that momentum going by not only policing themselves but their coworkers as well.

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Creating a Safety Attitude

Carelessness is one of the leading causes of workplace accidents.

This stems from a poor work attitude. When you have a positive safety attitude, you think first and then take action. Your mind is able to recognize unsafe actions when you are positive and alert. Safety scoreboards aid in cultivating a safety attitude with reminders and the positive nature of celebrating milestones and safe days.

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Community Involvement

Increased exposure of safety record creates greater desire to excel.

Outdoor safety scoreboards on front gates or in prominent public locations involve the greater community surrounding the company in the safety program. Friends and family noticing and discussing changes or milestones encourage employees to remember why they work safely.

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Cultivate Safety

Safety culture is ultimately expressed through what is said and done.

While a safety culture begins with a foundation in values, the daily behavior of your company's leadership and employees shape and refine its culture over time. Creating habits like measuring and celebrating safety achievements are simple daily habits that pay dividends in attitude, engagement, and increased safe days.

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