Why Safety is Important in the Workplace

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To no one’s surprise, workplace safety is incredibly important. But, why exactly? Well, because the implementation of an effective safety program in any workplace is one of the best decisions a company can make, both for its employees and for its bottom line. Here’s why:

  • Workplace safety programs create productive work environments. A properly managed safety program shows real commitment to the safety and well-being of staff by management. This in turn creates a positive safety (and work) culture where everyone ‘wants’ to be safe.

  • Effective safety programs ensure a drop in absenteeism. Everyone wants to work in a safe environment. So, with the implementation of an effective program, absenteeism drops.

  • Work premises are kept to higher standards with safety programs in place. Environments are kept to higher safety standards, including, cleanliness and general housekeeping.

  • Safer work environments produce happier employees. A safe work environment automatically lends to happier employees, because everyone wants to go home safe at the end of the day.

  • Insurance claims decrease when safety programs are in place. A safe environment means fewer worker compensation insurance claims as well as lower WCB rates. This is huge if your company has to pre-qualify to work, as a lower rate gives you a better grade with clients.

  • Safety programs create environments where safety improvements are not only considered but encouraged and implemented. This makes employees feel like they are part of the solution.

  • Safe work environments enhance your brand’s value and goodwill. This image helps to win and retain business simply because people want to work with companies that are held to higher standards.

  • Safe work environments reduce business costs and disruption. Any reduction in business costs creates a more productive work environment with little down-time.

Finally, safety is important in the workplace simply because a good safety program protects a company’s most valuable assets – its people.