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How can we reduce workers’ compensation and health care costs?

Aligning health and safety efforts can reduce company costs, benefit community.

  • Jan 03, 2017

Health and safety together are key drivers of productivity and worker well-being. Align those efforts as one strategy for maximum benefit to your organization.

In most cases, injury and health care claims data will reveal the value of working on injury prevention and wellness programs together, rather than as separate interventions. The primary goal of safety programs remains protection of a worker’s health as it relates to occupational injury and exposure. Health protection programs improve significantly when including a focus on health promotion in workers.

Behaviors practiced in the home and work environments translate to each other. The company culture can play a central role in advancing prevention, bolstering the company’s bottom line and improving the overall health of the community.

To get started:

  • Assess work related and non-work related data for trends.
  • Ensure alignment of safety and benefits programs across the company.
  • Establish a baseline health report of the workforce.
  • Identify top risks or opportunities across all data sets and develop priorities. For example, strengthen programs when data indicates an increased risk of incidents.

Developing a strong partnership with your company’s occupational medicine provider is strongly recommended. The physician should be willing to review all the data with you and assist in identifying priorities, areas to focus on and ways to decrease injury and cost.

Sanford OccMed’s comprehensive program is tailored to your business’ needs and is backed by Sanford’s team of medical specialists.

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