We often talk about the importance and benefits of Building a Culture of Safety in the workplace. When you have achieved this objective, it implies that your employees have taken ownership of their actions and care enough to protect themselves and their coworkers by being safe and following safety guidelines.
It also implies that safety is valued, practiced and encouraged at the leadership level, which has an important impact on employees, as well as your bottom line.
So why should your leadership team embrace the importance of safety in the workplace?
- Profitability: In addition to their social costs, workplace injuries and illnesses have a major impact on your bottom line. It has been estimated that employers pay almost $1 billion per week for direct worker’s compensation costs alone.
- Compliance: The law requires employers to provide employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. It is important that you ensure compliance with regulations, as the costs of the penalty for serious OSHA violations has increased from $145,057 per violation to $156,259 per violation for willful or repeated violations.
- Human Compassion: The belief that preservation and protection of human life supersedes other goods. Don’t underestimate the importance of the human factor when making decisions that protect your employees.