If you don’t think you need a safety program at work, you’re very much mistaken. More than 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015 — 13 every day — according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fatal accidents and injuries can happen at any company, but they’re much more likely in the absence of a robust safety program.
The last thing employers want is for one of your employees to sustain an on-the-job injury or tragically die from a preventable safety hazard. Invest in your team and your business and create a work safety program today.
4 Reasons to Implement a Safety Program
1. Keep Employees Safe
Before starting your Engineering job, Maintenance job or Operations job, your employees go through new hire orientation. You probably provide them with intermittent training — i.e., when new policies are adopted and new equipment is purchased — but that isn’t enough. A formal safety program gets everyone involved, uniting the team by the common cause of ensuring everyone leaves work in the same condition in which they arrived. Employees have a defined safety plan to follow, they’re regularly educated on pertinent safety matters, and they’re united by a common goal.
2. Make Safety Part of Your Culture
When management has a relaxed attitude toward safety, it’s hard for employees to take it seriously. Instituting a safety program from the top down sends a strong message that you won’t stand for anything less than 100% compliance. By integrating it into your culture, you make it an important part of workers’ daily lives.
3. Save Money
Work-related injuries and illnesses are costly in more ways than one. When employees are frequently injured on the job, your workers’ compensation premiums soar. Establishing a safety program will save you money, because you don’t have to pay extra when leading a team of healthy, able-bodied employees.
4. Boost Productivity
If injuries are constantly leaving your team down for the count, it’s impossible to achieve maximum productivity. There’s only so much you can accomplish with a skeleton crew, so launch a safety program to make injuries a rare occurrence. Enjoy meeting your goals — and likely surpassing them — when half your staff isn’t sitting on the bench.
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