As an employer there are always budget concerns. What’s the bottom line? How much is it going to cost me and my company? And why does being safe cost so much? But have you ever considered that the price you pay upfront could save you thousands of dollars down the road?
There are many costs associated with workplace accidents, some of which are direct; others are hidden (Bird & Germain, 1996). The direct costs, or so-called out-of-pocket expenses, include health care, medical, and compensation costs (Bird & Germain, 1996; Miller & Waehrer, 1998). An accident can also have substantial economic impact on the workplace with hidden expenses related to property damage, absenteeism, production delays, loss of business, and an overall impact on staff morale (Bird & Germain, 1996).
An effective safety program can prevent these costs, but safety programs will also take time to develop and implement and time is money! In today’s workforce we know everyone is doing more with less as a result of budget cuts and downsizing. But now, more than ever, you need to emphasize the importance of workplace safety programs at a time when employees are working more overtime and taking shortcuts to get the job done.
The statistics show that young workers between the ages of 15 and 24 are even more at risk if safety programs aren’t provided. There are several strategies available for implementing safety programs in the workplace such as employee orientation, training, employee involvement, and open communication. We need you to use these strategies to make our places of employment safer for all workers.
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