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Building a Business Case for a Safety Footwear Program in 6 Simple Steps

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You’ve researched safety programs for days, weeks or even months, and have gained a thorough understanding of how the right program will benefit your company. Now, you’re ready to partner with a managed safety program provider, like Shoes For Crews®, to ensure that your team gets home safe. But first, you’ll need to convince key stakeholders that this investment will drive results and produce the desired return on investment.

This business case checklist will help you justify the need for a safety program to key members of your organization. With this checklist, you’ll be better prepared to present your recommendation by outlining a plan and highlighting the positive impacts a managed program can have on your company’s productivity, employee safety and bottom line.

Follow the six (6) steps below to build a strong business case for implementing a safety program.

1. Indentify the problem:

  • Compile a list of your company’s top safety challenges.
  • Outline the current impact of these challenges (i.e. lost productivity, missed workdays, high workers’ compensation costs, etc).
  • Define the scope of the project.

2. Choose a safety program provider:

  • Evaluate potential solutions that will address your company’s challenges.
  • Determine the potential ROI/value of each safety solution.
  • Choose the best-fit provider based on their ability to help you resolve those challenges and achieve your company’s safety goals.

3. Develop a plan for implementing a new safety program:

  • Evaluate your company’s current safety policies and protocols.
  • Identify and retrieve any existing metrics to benchmark the performance of these current policies and protocols.
  • Map out how a safety program fits in your company’s current and future safety plans.
  • Determine who needs to be involved in signing off on and rolling out the new program and what current processes might be impacted by the new plan.

4. Win over key internal stakeholders:

  • Identify key stakeholders (both internal and external).
  • Share objectives, quantitative and qualitative benefits, annual saving opportunities and ROI of a safety program and how it can resolve existing challenges.
  • Understand the decision-making structure and discuss any competing priorities.
  • Discuss and align on both short-term and long-term goals.

5. Establish a plan:

  • Determine any required resources for successfully rolling out the program.
  • Consider any other projects that may impact the new program.
  • Discuss a procurement strategy as well as who will be responsible for managing the program.
  • Lay out an anticipated implementation timeline with your company’s key stakeholders.

6. Instill a sense of urgency:

  • Calculate and share the cost of delaying adoption of the program.
  • Reiterate the benefits of a safety program (i.e. increased employee satisfaction or reduced bottom line costs).


At Shoes For Crews, we’re in the safety shoe business so you don’t have to be! With our proprietary slip-resistant outsole technology, we’ve protected millions of workers and lowered workers’ compensation costs for thousands of businesses worldwide. We are proud to be a trusted leader in safety solutions and are committed to ensuring your team gets home safe. If you’re ready to take the next steps, click here to learn more about our safety solutions!

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