Lee Fletcher May 4, 2018

Workers have a legal right to expect that a safe and healthful work environment. Though it can appear like workplace health and security is a duty and cost to company owners, it benefits in loyalty and productivity. Business owners should realise that a safe workplace is an integral element to creating a positive company culture and to protect the well-being of employees. Businesses from all industries must practice safely, although some professions such as construction seem to be more dangerous than administration, both must exercise workplace safety. Here are some reasons why health and safety are so important for businesses of all sizes.

Helping People be Safe

Most companies would agree that injury prevention and possible death prevention to workers is a pure priority. Most safety issues are not deliberately created but arise from businesses taking shortcuts and being ignorant without training employees on the appropriate protocols. You do not want your employees to be in doubt concerning their health and safety when at work, this is endangering their health to themselves and their families.

Injuries Cost Time and Money

Millions of dollars are spent on employee injuries and insurance claims not to mention the monetary cost of lost productivity due to an injured employee. Employers have to have workers’ compensation insurance coverages, but accidents increase the fundamental expenses. All in all, not prioritising safety in your business may result in increased other costs of losing a worker to an accident or injury.

Employers need to continue to pay employees who miss work while they’re outside because of a workplace accident or sickness. If the absence is long-term, the company may have to employ another individual to replace the injured worker briefly. In building or fabricating plants, an accident might lead to the shutdown of the whole operation before an evaluation is conducted.

Fewer Injuries Boost Productivity

Accidents and negative incidents in the workplace along with harmful working conditions are detrimental to employee morale. An employee who is worried about the place they work in and possibly becoming hurt is not able to fully concentrate on the task at hand. Therefore productivity is compromised when working conditions are not up to safety standards. Employees should always speak up if they have any suggestions on how to improve conditions and therefore productivity. Employers who prioritise safe and positive work environments as well as investing in fall prevention training for all are likely to foster strong relationships and trust with their workers. This produces loyalty and raises staff morale, which has a direct correlation to productivity.

Public Perception

A business which works in a dangerous manner can turn off clients and create a negative reputation for themselves. A restaurant which uses unsafe cooking practices is not likely to draw many customers due to the risk of food poisoning. Likewise, customers do not wish to walk right into a cluttered shop with possible tripping hazards and unclear shelving for products. Business owners should realise that safety goes beyond their workers. It also encompasses the physical presentation and surroundings of the business. From a productivity point of view, when there are many fruitful client interactions, this motivates employees and increases moral leading to customer loyalty and productive workers.

Accidents occur even in the most secure workplaces and employers have the legal responsibility to ensure that their workers are safe and feel looked after at work. If companies do have workers’ compensation insurance, this is a safety net, however, it is not an excuse to not exercise safety. Freak accidents can take place unexpectedly and for many small and medium businesses, the subsequent lawsuit may bankrupt the business.

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