For the smooth working of any business, a solid safety policy should be in place and it is vital we keep a close check on how it can be further improved. It ensures the safety of the employees and gives them the confidence and comfort to work more efficiently and be more productive.
To better understand how beneficial good health and safety policies can prove for any workplace, we have brought in the experts to share their experiences.
Workplace Safety Risks
“The impact of human casualties cannot be measured. They can have serious consequences for employees, their families, and friends. This is why measures to ensure safety and health in the workplace are necessary. They are important for the well-being of both employers and employees. The sense of confidence that a person has in the knowledge that they will return safely from work is of paramount importance.”
“Be aware of and identify hazards in the workplace. This is the first step towards creating a safe work environment. Employers should first identify workplace hazards and safety concerns. Then they must take appropriate action to address them. Workplace safety hazards can include mechanical problems, hazardous chemicals, electrical equipment, etc.
“Mechanical problems can arise at any time when operating machinery in the workplace. In addition, working with heavy machinery is very risky and can lead to accidents. If employees need to work with chemicals, they must be very careful. Hazardous chemicals can burn or poison employees. Inhaling or swallowing them can even lead to death.
“In addition, working with electronic equipment can also carry risks. Defective electrical equipment can cause an electric shock to employees, causing serious problems. Employees should be aware of the types of equipment and be aware of the hazards in their workplace. This allows them to stay away from such risks and unfortunate situations. In addition, employers must train workers in the correct use of machinery and equipment.” (Micheal Gilmore)
Some Of The Benefits Of A Safe And Healthy Work Environment
“The safer the work environment, the more productive it is. Productive employees are an asset to all companies. For example, productive employees can produce more products in less time, lowering the company’s operating costs.” (Micheal Gilmore)
- Well-Being of Employees
“Workplace safety contributes to the well-being of both workers and employers. Better safety equates to better health. Healthier employees perform tasks more efficiently and are generally happier.” (Micheal Gilmore)
- Fewer Accidents
“There are very few accidents in a safe working environment. This translates into less downtime for safety studies and lower employee compensation costs. It also reduces the time it takes for employees to recover from injuries.” (Micheal Gilmore)
- Lower Costs and Increased Profits
“Damage to industrial equipment creates costs for its replacement and repair. Preventing work-related injuries and damage to industrial equipment will lead to lower costs and increased profits.” (Micheal Gilmore)
- Employees are More Focused
“If employers care about the safety of their employees, then they feel more confident and comfortable in general. In addition, absenteeism is reduced and employees are more focused on completing their tasks.”
Micheal Gilmore, Career Coach and HR Manager at TopCVWritersUK.com
- Law Obligation
“Each employer is required by law to guarantee that a certain level of health and safety is maintained at all times in the workplace. Having rules and processes in place is a great approach to show that your firm is taking care of its responsibilities. It also demonstrates how devoted your company is to adhere to the established health and safety guidelines.”
Becky Ronalds, Owner at Ranking Mom
- Benefits Both the Employees and the Company
“Implementing proper safety procedures in the workplace is a win-win situation for both employees and the company. The workplace needs to be a buzz of activity. Your employees should be able to walk to colleagues and meetings without tripping over wires or slipping due to leakages. A company can’t afford to pay compensation to injured employees. My best practice is to walk around the office once each quarter when there is no one else in the building. With a clipboard, I note each hazard I come across, no matter if big or small.
“My team of janitors and electricians then come in and fix issues and ameliorate situations. This is an excellent process as I have zero distractions while walking, therefore full focus. I can literally get down on my hands and knees to ensure the safety of the workplace!
“My employees are happy knowing that we take the time and resources to ensure their workplace is safe and secure. It’s another way to show that we do care about their well-being, which increases productivity.”
Jane Neo, Brand Director & Co-Founder KeaBabies
- Injuries Cost Time and Money
“Workers’ compensation payments are estimated to cost businesses about $1 million every week, according to research. Workers’ compensation insurance is needed for employers, although accidents raise the basic expenses. In addition, if an employer is underinsured, the employer is responsible for filling the coverage shortfall.
“Employers must continue to compensate employees who miss work due to a job accident or sickness while they are away. If the absence is long-term, the company may need to recruit someone to temporarily replace the injured employee. An injury at a construction or manufacturing facility may result in the entire operation being shut down while an investigation is completed.”
Burak Ozdemir, Founder and Developer Online Alarm Clock
- Fewer Injuries Increase Productivity
“Employee morale suffers as a result of workplace accidents and dangerous working situations. Employees who are worried about getting harmed are unable to focus fully on their everyday responsibilities. Employers who provide a safe and healthy work environment and provide safety training for their staff have a better relationship with their workers. Employees no longer see themselves as a means to an end but as members of a collaborative team. This fosters loyalty and boosts team morale, both of which are linked to increased production.”
Hamza Ghayas, Marketing Manager at GSDLovers
- Minimizing Legal Liabilities
“The Occupational Safety and Health Act is overseen by the Department of Labor. Simply defined, the legislation establishes that employees have the right to feel secure at work. It establishes minimum requirements for a variety of sectors and workplaces. OSHA posters must be displayed where all employees may see and review them at any time. If employers break safety rules, they may face legal and financial consequences.
“Even in the safest environments, accidents occur. Even if a company has workers’ compensation insurance, employees or the family of a deceased employee can claim for damages if the employer is negligent in maintaining a safe and healthy work environment. The subsequent litigation might put some small firms out of business.”
Alex Claro, VPN Analyst Credit Donkey
- Uphold A Good Workplace Reputation
“Health and safety policies in the workplace are not only integral because they are enforced by law, but also because of workplace reputation. No one wants to work in a dangerous facility, for health or physical reasons. Especially if your company is in an industry with some risk, having safety measures in place, even going above and beyond the law, are important to holding employee retention, satisfaction, and comfort.”
Michael Fischer, Founder of Elite HRT