Workplace injuries and hazards contribute to associate illness and even fatality all too often. PTM Corporation wants to work to effectively reduce this. After completing an internal hazard survey in July 2017, PTM began the application process with the MIOSHA (Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division to join the MCP (Michigan Challenge Program). In October, we received the exciting news of our adoption into the program. So, what is the MCP challenge and how will it change our work environment?
What Is the MCP Safety Challenge Process
First and foremost, it’s important to understand what the MCP challenge process entails. The Michigan Challenge Program is a three-year cooperative agreement between a Michigan company and MIOSHA. During this agreement, MIOSHA will work directly with PTM Corporation to make our workplace as safe and healthy as possible.
How Does the MCP Safety Challenge Work
The MCP safety challenge begins with making some vital changes in our approach to health and safety. For example, we aim to change our programs from reactive to proactive. It will take the duration of the three-year commitment.
The first step requires identifying the strengths and weaknesses of our program. In turn, this leads to an in-depth understanding of the elements of a strong safety and health management system, the core requirements of effective management leadership for a safe work environment, and effective hazard prevention and control methodologies.
After this, our next steps involve more hands-on action. For instance, we want to perform ongoing safety and health training at all levels of our organization. These steps help to create a safer work environment.
What Are the Benefits of the MCP Safety Challenge Process
As always, the health and safety of our associates are a top priority and our first concern. As mentioned before, fixing workplace hazards before they occur helps to reduce the number of injuries and illnesses. Besides the obvious concern for associate welfare, there are many other benefits to the MCP safety challenge. For example, a safer working environment often leads to increasing the bottom line and profit margin. According to the Liberty Mutual 2016 Workplace Safety Index, the direct costs of workplace accidents were estimated at $62 billion in 2016. Other benefits include the following:
- Increased associate morale and productivity
- Decreased Workers’ Compensation and medical costs
- A decrease in required legal services leads to more savings received
- Less downtime due to equipment repair and/or accident investigation resulting in delays and lost revenues
- Improved associate satisfaction, which results in a reduced associate turnover rate
- Decreased costs of replacement workers for sick or injured associates
- Improved community and customer relations
With the assistance of the MCP, we are prepared to do whatever is required to succeed and make PTM Corporation a safer place to work. With the added benefits of the MCP safety challenge, we expect to see a transformed workplace culture that improves associate morale. To learn more about this program and our involvement, call us today at 800-486-2212.