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Four tips to reduce your Injury-On-Duty (IOD) rate on-site

by , 19 November 2013
Did you know there's something you can do to reduce your IOD rate? Read on for our expert's top four tips you can implement today.

Dear Health and Safety Reader

One of our Health and Safety Club readers asked a thought provoking question. Our reader is the Health and Safety Officer for a construction site. He wants to know if there's anything he can do to reduce their IOD rate. And if he can apply pressure to the workers and site management to enforce safer practices?

Our expert answered 'yes' there are ways you can reduce your IOD rate! Read on for our expert's top four tips you can implement today.


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Four tips to reduce your Injury-On-Duty (IOD) rate on-site
  1. Give your employees public recognition for identifying hazards and reporting near misses.
  2. Reward your employees for working according to procedure, doing things right at site meetings and wearing their PPE.
  3. Improve supervision of your employees. Your employees will act more cautiously if they know management is keeping an eye on the way they work.
  4. Improve and refine your processes for reporting near misses and accidents. If you have a seamless process that everyone can easily understand and follow, they'll report more incidents accurately and timeously.

I've thrown in an extra tip. Read on for one more tip to reduce your IOD rate.


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Final tip to reduce your IOD rate
  1. Investigate your near misses to establish root causes. If you know what to look out for, you can ensure you have the right control measures in place to prevent it from happening again.

So, now you have five effective ways to reduce your injury-on-duty rate. If you're looking for more ways to refine your incident procedures, learn how to report them and how to claim from COID, check out Chapters I01 and I02 in your Health and Safety Advisor.

Stay Safe,

Louise Harty
Senior Product Manager: Health and Safety

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