Why is workplace safety so important? There is more to this question than you think. In a day and age where people still get injured on the job, you would think safety would be a banner held high by everyone,
but unfortunately it isn't. Money and apathy seem to be the two leading reasons why safety sometimes takes the back seat. We've listed 7 reasons why putting safety in the drivers seat is a winning proposition for everybody.
There are the obvious reasons why workplace safety should be our priority including:1. Injury2. Death.
These two reasons should need no explanation. There were 4,679 workers killed on the job in 2014 according to OSHA
. There were almost 3 million recorded injuries
during that same period. Improved safety training and awareness can help save lives and reduce injury.
Along with the above mentioned pain, suffering and death, there is the financial impact.3. Corporate financial loss4. Property damage
In order for a company to survive and employ people, it must be profitable. Death & injury impact the company financially. It is in the best interest for both employee and employer to put safety first, minimize risk to life and therefore reduce financial loss and property damage.
When a company puts their employees first and implements proper safety training and education and then enforces it, several positive results happen.5. Worker productivity increases6. the Service or Quality of the product improves7. Corporate reputation / public relations improves
Nobody wants to do business with corporations risk the quality of the product and the safety of their employees to increase the bottom line. Companies who care about their employees put them first and when that happens, productivity increases. Suddenly, the employee is no longer a number, but a person who can make a difference.
Establishing good safety practices including training, education and the appropriate safety supplies (PPE)
begins with the employers commitment to safety. Why is workplace safety so important? Because it benefits both the company and the worker. Safety transforms a company and it's employees into a team of people with a common goal. It is a win for everybody.