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    February 11, 2020

    Championing A Safety Culture

    Since 2009, 307 Montana businesses have invested in safety with 637 of their employees through Montana State Fund’s WorkSafe Champions program.

    WorkSafe Champions is a free intensive safety curriculum created to reduce workplace accidents by helping participants develop a positive safety culture within their organization.

    There are two options for enrollment.

    Central Classes – These classes are open to MSF policyholders and non-policyholders. Employers can send one or more employees to one of our central classes offered in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Glasgow, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, Miles City or Missoula. These classes, which begin in March 2020, offer a total of five classes (20 hours of instruction) over the course of 13 months.

    On-Site – This choice is only open to MSF policyholders.  One of our qualified Safety Management Consultants will lead eight modules (20 -24 hours of instruction) at a policyholder’s location.  The employer sets the pace and the schedule. MSF requires at least three dedicated participants (more are welcomed and encouraged) committed to the entirety of the program, one of which must be able to influence safety within your organization. Class enrollment is open year-round.

    MSF VP of Human Resources Rick Duane (right) presents Flathead Lake Lodge with WorkSafe Champion plaque

    The key elements of the program include:

    • Learn steps to reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries.
    • Increase efficiency and quality, which promotes business growth.
    • Individual attention and support from Montana State Fund’s safety experts.
    • Access to tools and resources that give you the power to affect and sustain workplace safety.
    • Learn to minimize costs when workplace injuries do occur.

    By the end of the program participants are committed to develop an action plan specifically tailored to their organization and act on at least one identified issue.

    If you are interested in the central classes, contact Kirk Smith at 406-495-5361. Contact  Keri Maes at 406-495-5265  or Stormy Tuffield at 406-495-5325 for the on-site classes.  Click for more information about the WorkSafe Champion program.