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The Importance of Safety for Your Business

DF Safety Management and Leadership

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. As a business owner, you should never avoid having safety procedures and manuals in place in case of an incident, accident, or emergency. These are also key to help avoid unsafe practices, to ensure all your employees understand protocols in the workplace. 

Employee satisfaction 

Keeping your workers safe is key. Employees who don’t feel safe in the workplace can lead to higher turnovers in your company. If employees are put in unsafe situations, aren’t prepared, or have been injured, they are more likely to seek other employment. Therefore, it is important for your business to ensure the safety of those working for you is a top priority. 

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 not an area you should cut corners on! 

Reputation matters 

You want your business to be one that people talk highly of. It is no surprise that word of mouth, and recommendations of others plays 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. As a business owner, individuals should want to work for you, and speak highly of your company. For this reason, ensuring a safe workplace is imperative. 

Legal repercussions 

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. These 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 longer 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.