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The Importance of Health and Safety for Facilities

Posted by EHS Insight Resources on March 23, 2020 at 3:06 PM

Health and safety for facilities is a complex concept, but the root of the idea is simple. It’s an investment in your business and your people.

And if you’re willing to make that investment, you’ll see the results pay off in the long haul.

If you’re building a business case for health and safety, here are a few reasons why health and safety for facilities should be at the top of your priority list.

It’s Good for Your Bottom Line

At the end of the day, health and safety best practices are just good business.

Employers paid more than $1 billion per week in direct workers’ compensation costs for disabling, nonfatal workplace injuries in 2015. Then there are the indirect costs of poor health and safety practices.

Low morale is a good example of this–and an extraordinarily expensive one. There are roughly 22 million disengaged employees costing the U.S. economy $350 billion in lost productivity, absenteeism, illness, and overall low performance. The nation’s largest employers estimate that absenteeism alone costs them more than $760,000 per year in direct payroll costs.

When employees know you care about them, when they aren’t getting sick or injured as a result of carelessness, and when they’re engaged in their work, they’re more likely to show up each day happy and healthy. And those results translate directly into your bottom line.

It’s Good for Your Employees

And speaking of your employees, health and safety for facilities is a direct investment in their wellbeing.

Your employees are the backbone of your business. But they’re not machines – you can’t take them out of circulation periodically for repairs. You have to treat their health as a constant ongoing investment, checking in to ensure they have what they need to thrive.

Genuinely investing in health and safety–not just creating policies but enforcing them equally and demonstrating safety as a value – is a way of showing employees that they’re not just a tool. They’re a person, and as a business, you’re invested in keeping them as a member of your team.

It’s the Right Thing to Do

More than that, health and safety for facilities is simply the right thing to do.

As a business, you have an obligation to your stakeholders, your vendors, your customers, and your employees. When they entrust you with so much of their time and resources, you have to be prepared to pay back that investment.

One of the best ways to do it is by showing that you care about people, not just money. Health and safety is an investment in doing the job the right way–paying forward the goodwill of the people who made your business a reality.

Investing in Health and Safety for Facilities

We know that health and safety for facilities is no small investment. But it’s one of the most important investments you can make. That’s why we’re here to make the process easier, with safety software that brings together all the tools your team needs to deliver real results.

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Topics: Workplace Health and Safety, EHS Management, Safety Management, Safety Culture

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