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There are big responsibilities that come with being a big company. In fairness, small companies also have big responsibilities. However, with bigger companies, it’s a little easier for things to be overlooked or forgotten with so many moving parts. One thing that should never be overlooked in companies of all sizes is environmental health and safety management.
While this rings true in some industries more than others, it’s critical that every business makes the health, safety, and environmental factors a priority. Aside from the obvious, here are a few good reasons why no company should ever overlook environmental health and safety management.
Virtually every workplace has more health and safety hazards than they realize. It takes regular monitoring and inspections to maintain an up-to-date list of every hazard that could potentially harm an employee. That doesn’t even include what the company is going to do to mitigate that hazard and lower the risk. This is perhaps the biggest reason why environmental and safety management is needed in every business regardless of the industry. As soon as occupational health and safety are no longer a priority, safety hazards start to slip through the cracks and put employees needlessly in danger, risking accidents that could have been easily preventable.
There are often regulatory demands that go hand-in-hand with environmental health and safety management. When companies start to overlook occupational safety concerns, they are inviting trouble from OSHA and other regulatory agencies. OSHA inspections tend to be time-consuming and can result in costly fines. Even if you can avoid serious punishment, anytime OSHA gets involved, it can be a major headache for company leaders. As long as proper attention is paid to environmental and safety management, most businesses can go a long way toward avoiding compliance issues and all of the money and time that’s wasted.
It’s amazing healthy employees often make for happy employees. On top of that, happy employees tend to make productive employees. When a business puts an emphasis on environmental and safety management, workers can feel that. They feel a lot more comfortable at work and don’t worry about workplace accidents or getting hurt on the job. They feel like the company is taking care of them, and in turn, they are more motivated to take care of the company by working harder. Equally important, healthy and happy employees usually stay with the same employer for a long time. That consistency is ultimately beneficial for production and can even help companies to recruit skilled workers because the company has a good reputation.
Obviously, paying attention to environmental and safety management requires a financial investment for companies. However, limiting workplace accidents and injuries will always pay off in the long run. The costs of lost productivity, workers’ compensation claims, and insurance premiums that come with accidents can add up quickly. That’s on top of the regulatory fines mentioned earlier and many of the indirect costs associated with failures in occupational safety. When all is said and done, investing in environmental and safety management is usually the best decision for a company financially, which is why it’s something no business should overlook.
Making a proper commitment to managing workplace safety often starts with putting the right system in place. At EHS Insight, our safety solutions are the perfect fit for any business. We have a comprehensive system that takes into account every element of safety, including compliance, training, and communication. It’s the best way to make sure all of your bases are covered.
If your company is looking for the right safety partner, give us a call and we can have our system up and running before you know it.
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