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Better Manage Injuries and Illnesses in Your Manufacturing Plant

Posted by Liz Alflen on Thu, Feb 07, 2013 @ 09:07 AM

Caution SignBusiness owners are familiar with taking risks, including financial, development, marketing, sales or personnel-related issues. But some risks can be managed or mitigated, including health and safety issues, reducing further risk. Your commitment, support and participation in the safety and health of your employees will set a good example and generate greater success in the program and in your business. 

To better manage and mitigate health and safety risks, your commitment should include establishment of objectives, emphasis on safety and health by supervisors and managers, recognition of accountability, reporting methodology and allocation of resources to achieving these ends.

Additionally, Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPPs) are required by both state and federal laws to ensure that employers provide and maintain safe working environments for employees. IIPPs can be audited and any errors reported can result in fines to the employer. An IIPP is important not only to protect your employees, but also your business profitability. Any error in IIPP record-keeping can result in major fines. Accidents cost money, and for every dollar you spend on the direct cost of an illness or injury, there is even greater expense in hidden and indirect costs. 

Since safety is everyone’s responsibility, employers’ and employees’ policies and responsibilities to prevent accidents and losses must be clearly stated in writing and easily accessible. Record-keeping and reporting are resultant of an active program and there is no better repository for the required IIPP record-keeping than an enterprise-wide, extended manufacturing ERP software system such as EnterpriseIQ from IQMS. EnterpriseIQ aids as an efficient information resource, easily accessible, with required data fields related to employee records and system-generated reports. This can lead to improved costs and outcomes for workers’ compensation claims.

Since injuries and illnesses inevitably occur in all environments, how can EnterpriseIQ help you? The EnterpriseIQ Workforce module with IIPP functionality can:

  • Track injuries and illnesses
  • Track injury statistics and calculate incident rates, per plant or company-wide
  • Track lost days, injury locations, injury type classifications and costs
  • Associate internal and external documents for specific injuries and illnesses

Proper reporting also ensures that you have access to medical benefits and compensation for lost wages that arise out of your work-related injury.

With properly reported data, the EnterpriseIQ Workforce module will also help you generate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 300, 300A and 301 forms for reporting injuries and illnesses, as well as a log of work-related injuries and illnesses. These are used to classify work-related injuries and illnesses and to note the extent and severity of each case. When an incident occurs, enter the information in this module to record specific details about what happened and how it happened. You can also print this out as a report.

Your information and reporting systems can save you money when immediacy and accuracy matter. Health and safety risks are reduced by your commitment as a business owner or manager to strong policies, procedures and actions including record-keeping and reporting necessary to ensure employee confidence and compliance. You can use EnterpriseIQ with confidence knowing you are investing in information that can save money and lives.  


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Tags: manufacturing ERP software, IQMS, EnterpriseIQ, Human Resources