August 16, 2021
A Champion for Safety: WorkSafe Champion program
The WorkSafe Champions program gives participants a strong foundation to develop and implement a workplace safety culture. The curriculum provides safety information and tools that participants must use to graduate from the course.
The program’s Central Class of 2022 is set to begin in September, 2021. This course is open to all Montana businesses. You do not have to be a Montana State Fund policyholder to participate. The only prerequisite is a signed agreement that your organization is committed to the program
The WorkSafe Champions Central Class will be offered in nine locations around the state
• Only one employee from a business needs to participate.
• It is an opportunity for participants to interact and network with other businesses in their area.
• The maximum class size for each location is 15 participants. Priority will be given to policyholders.
Class participants will meet five times between September 2021 to September 2022 (once a quarter), this is roughly 20 hours of classroom time covering eight modules. (click to view dates and locations). At each session, approximately one to two modules will be addressed depending on the amount of discussion and participation. A graduation celebration will take place during the final meeting.
Module 1 – Introduction to Workers’ Compensation
Module 2 – Claims Management
Module 3 – Motivating
Module 4 – Culture
Module 5 – Hazard Management & Training
Module 6 – Incident Management
Module 7 – Regulatory Compliance
Module 8 – We Are the Champions
MSF can accept one or more participants per business. At least one of the participants needs to influence safety within their organization. If the company already employs a WSC graduate with a safety influence on staff, a participant can be accepted without authority confirmation. Attendance is necessary to graduate, and participants can only miss one course session. In case of inclement weather or other situations, the MSF instructor can offer a make-up opportunity at their discretion and availability.
To graduate the participants must accomplish the following within 6 to 12 months:
• Meet the attendance requirements
• Complete the eight modules
• Conduct a workplace assessment of their workplace
• Create a safety action plan
• Act on the plan and document the progress (Submitted to MSF)
If you are interested, please contact Kirk Smith