As a retired Facilities manager / plant engineer I spent a long portion of my weeks complying with osha safety training standards, including fork truck training.
In one position I worked for a nationwide manufacturing corporation, with a corporate base program distributed to the plants, the corporate plan came from outsiders (consultants) rarely from the same one any given year. so I say target some manufacturing companies with a corporate structure and contact the corporate safety person. while this is fickle business it is big.
The last place I worked for was a small manufacturing company three facilities close to each other only a 30 million dollar a year operation. one of the goals I was given was to establish a safety committee and become osha compliant. now on the surface that sounds pretty easy, now consider all the other non-compliant issues the company had. I went outside for a train the trainer program, and trained in house trainers. that outside company is now tied into the company. much less fickle business but much smaller profits. the third place to look is the insurance companies, every insurance company that writes worker comp. has a staff of consultants, those consultants are charged with getting small businesses safe. the insurance companies pay the consultant, very stable business and as I understand pays fairly well.
In your shoes, I would pour the effort into safety training, worker comp is a huge expense to any business, and when they get to a size of say 70-100 employees they don`t have a active safety program but an increased risk, hence increased premiums.It is an easier sell government compliance, and insurance premium offsets.
Anywhere I ever worked security was outsourced, with their own specialized training.
warehouse usually comes with the lean system people, OEM handling suppliers, or recruiting.
new hire is usually handled by HR and can be incorporated into your safety program.
all that, to say, start a program to startup a safety commitee in any given facility, considering the culture change that brings Vs. the culture change the company wants. include fork truck training, offer a train the trainer course for some of the variable requirements.
just a thought.
wtgg1/28/2009 4:57 PM