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How to develop safety incentives that reward employees

Many employers implement safety incentive programs as they seek to recognize and reward employees for practicing safe and healthful work practices.

While incentives are popular, they aren’t always effective. This is because there is often too much emphasis on the nature of the reward itself.

Rather, it is more important to recognize appropriate behavior in a meaningful way. Under OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs guidelines, the Agency says that incentive programs should be “... innovative, positive, and promote safety awareness and worker participation in safety-related activities.”

This can be accomplished by developing a variety of incentives that effectively reward employees, not punish them.

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