Safety First: Protecting Your Business and Workers

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We talk quite a bit about safety in the workplace and why this is important for employees. Today, we want to dive into a few reasons why safety for a business owner is imperative. Business owners should have safety procedures and manuals in place in case of an incident, accident, or emergency. These safety measures help avoid unsafe practices and ensure all employees prioritize safety in the workplace.  

Safety measures improve employee satisfaction  

Employees are put in unsafe situations, aren’t prepared, or have been injured, they are more likely to seek other employment, leading to higher turnover in your company. 

Research has shown that there is a positive connection between job satisfaction and safety climate. “Workers who expressed more satisfaction at their posts had positive perceptions of safety climate. Correspondingly, they were more committed to safety management policies and consequently registered a lower rate of accident involvement.” 

Workplace safety equals cost savings  

There are significant implications that can arise when accidents happen in the workplace. Investing in safety manuals and procedures is something every business owner should take seriously. A company can face serious implications if an employee is injured at work. Not following rules and guidelines may lead to severe legal and financial loss. Safety is an area you should not cut corners with!  

Reputation matters  

You want your business to be one that people talk highly of. Word of mouth, reviews, and recommendations of others all play a key role in the success of your company. Those who don’t invest in workplace safety are more likely to get a reputation of being an unsafe employer, which can impact your business significantly.  

“Word spreads quickly in today’s interconnected world, and a workplace with a reputation for poor health and safety practices can suffer significant damage to its brand image.”

Medium 

The Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act outlines the standards for health and safety practices in Alberta workplaces. The OHS Act ensures businesses follow such practices and not complying with them can result in heavy consequences, which can include fines, imprisonment, corporate probation, a creative sentence, or a combination of one or more. Under the OHS Act, a first offence can result in a fine of $500,000 and/or six months in prison per violation.   

At DF Safety, we provide a wide range of occupational health and safety consulting services to businesses and organizations across all industries. From short-term troubleshooting to long-term staffing and safety training needs, we’ve got you covered. If you have a business with twenty or more employees, you are required to have a health and safety program established for your workplace.  

Keep your employees and your business safe! Contact us today and let’s chat about how we can help.