Volume 11

What Drives Successful Safety Programs?

Texas Mutual

We asked the CEOs of four large hospitals what drives their safety programs’ success. Without hesitating, each responded with these core elements…



Texas A&M Study Shows Organizations Should Assess Safety Quarterly – At Least

Study by Mindy Bergman February 24, 2015 

Texas A&M Today

Assessing safety in the workplace is vital, says Texas A&M University Psychology Professor Mindy Bergman, but she contends most organizations aren’t doing it often enough. Bergman’s study reveals that annual safety assessments are insufficient and should instead be conducted every three months, if not more often.


NPR Special Investigative Series Injured Nurses

During the first quarter of 2015 National Public Radio has done a series of special investigative reports regarding the serious issue of nurses injured while working in hospitals.   


Creating a safety culture: Prioritizing health & safety yields results 

By: Lynch Ryan | April 19, 2012


We’ve long held that safety starts in the corner office. Many safety and health programs are little more than window dressing – lots of banners and lip service, but scant in managerial support. A recent study demonstrates that employers who prioritize workplace health and safety in a meaningful way by creating a safety culture can yield positive results and reduce losses. The study showed that “workers who believe they work in a safe environment experience 32% fewer injuries.”


How is your hospital doing? 

A detailed self-assessment tool to help safety managers determine how many of the recommended elements of a safety and health management system are in place at your hospital.


About Safety Matters:        
It is our hope that this publication, in addition to Texas Mutual’s Safety Resource Center, proves a useful tool to promote safety in our members’ hospitals. The newsletter will focus on safety issues that specifically trend to our membership hospitals.

We hope to hear from you on safety issues your hospital is facing and on successful safety procedures you have implemented. It is the safety committee’s goal to create a collaborative exchange of ideas that contributes to making all of our hospitals safer which, in turn, will increase our safety group’s benefits.  


Please send your ideas, questions and comments to safety@hotcomp.net.  

WhyYour Safety Matters:
You’re receiving this email as a member of the HOTComp safety group. The group is a joint effort between HealthSure Insurance Services and Texas Mutual Insurance Company. Group members receive exclusive benefits like targeted safety resources, a discount on their workers’ compen
sation insurance and potential dividends based upon the safe performance of the group. HOTComp group participants have shared in over $1 million in group dividends since 2008 in addition to individual dividends from Texas Mutual.

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What Drives Successful Safety Programs? 

Texas Mutual

We asked the CEOs of four large hospitals what drives their safety programs’ success. Without hesitating, each responded with these core elements:

  • Management commitment. Management must follow the same safety procedures they expect employees to follow and consistently enforce compliance at all levels of the organization. When it comes to safety, there are no exceptions.
  • Employee involvement. Employees must understand “What’s in it for me?” when it comes to workplace safety. With a good understanding of the benefits of safety, employees will embrace their role in preventing workplace accidents.
  • Employee empowerment. Management is responsible for giving employees the tools they need to work safely. The most essential of those tools is empowerment, which is the authority to stop any operation employees feel is unsafe.
  • Incident investigation. Employers should have a formal process for investigating accidents and near-misses. Don’t treat investigations as fault-finding missions. The goal of an incident investigation is to uncover the root causes of the incident and take steps to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Free safety resources are just what the doctor ordered

HOTComp safety group members benefit from free Texas Mutual® safety resources designed specifically for the health care industry. To take advantage of the free resources, visit texasmutual.com, click on the Safety tab, and then click on safety resource center in the left-hand menu. This will bring you to the HOTComp landing page, where you will find on-demand safety materials that address the hazards your employees face.