Why Safety Training is Important in the Workplace
August 15, 2011
by Angelia Hopson
If someone asked you why safety training is important, how would you respond? You may know it's important to keep safety in mind at work, but could you make a case for workplace safety training? Here are some things to consider:
Safety training saves more money, in the long run, than it costs. Intangible savings are sometimes harder to calculate than those related to cutting manufacturing costs or increasing revenue with higher sales prices, but they ultimately translate into real money to the bottom line.
The first thing that happens when there is an injury on the job is a halt in productivity in the area where the accident occurred. The injured employee must endure pain, suffering, and sometimes death. When an injured victim is removed from the workplace, that position must be filled by a replacement person, often requiring additional training and closer supervision than the person replaced. Corporate insurance premiums increase with the number and cost of claims, and this affects your company’s bottom line, as well. Morale is dampened in an atmosphere where associates have a heightened awareness of their vulnerability to serious injury or death due to the negligence of the employers or co-workers. Companies have been bankrupted by legal claims when defending themselves against torts alleging wrongful injury or death; the legal fees, alone, can total more than a million dollars. Workplace injuries and the resulting litigation and insurance cost increases are often preventable, unnecessary expenses. They are terribly distracting and demoralizing to a work force. There are good reasons why every employer in America has a legal responsibility under Federal law to provide a safe workplace.
Safety Programs & Training Makes Good Business Sense
Job-related injuries are avoided when companies allocate the necessary time and resources to ensure the people who come to work in or visit their offices, warehouse facilities, manufacturing plants and construction job sites are safe.
Smart employers provide on-the-job safety training and make certain safety procedures are included among the company policies.
In some workplaces, personnel are designated as the company Safety Team. They are responsible for ensuring safe premises and practices, in compliance with safety regulations set forth by OSHA and other applicable laws, and that the employees have been properly and regularly, in provably documented ways, educated in safety policies and procedures.
When workplace safety is a high company priority, and the workers are properly trained, they feel more comfortable and confident on the job. There are fewer accidents. Productivity is increased, costs are diminished, and profit margins follow suit.
About the Author
Angelia Hopson is partnered as a contractor with Diversified Risk Management, Inc. and has an extensive background in the field of safety, health, and environmental management. Her career has spanned over twenty years and specializes in developing and implementing business safety programs. She may be reached at (800) 810-9508.
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