June is national safety month. How will you recognize it this year? Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, we begin to let small things slip in terms of safety in your manufacturing, warehouse, or office environment. Even in light of COVID-19, when we have too much else to consider regarding safety, we can’t let the other safety aspects slip. Here are some ways safety can be taken for granted and how that can lead to problems.
Consequences of Bad Safety Practices on Your Employees
It’s essential to know how bad safety practices, and enforcement, can impact your workforce. In many cases, they’re life and death. Corrupt safety practices can lead to healthcare costs beyond what’s covered by insurance, a loss of their job or career, and stress on relationships. Bad safety practices can also cause a loss of income, which can have long term implications. In the worst-case scenarios, these practices cause pain and suffering and even loss of life.
The Financial Impact of Bad Safety Practices
Impacts of careless safety practices aren’t just felt by your employees, though they will have the most intense outcomes. They also affect your business and your bottom line. The financial impact cannot be understated. Common effects include productive losses, wages paid for employees unable to work, increased workers’ compensation costs, and high turnover. There may also be damage to equipment and machinery. You’ll also spend more money on hiring and training new employees, and you may experience a decline in employee morale and production quality.
Hiring and Training Essential for Safety
Safety doesn’t just start with having good policies in place. Your hiring process and training are also essential parts of your culture of safety. Hiring the best employees from the start who are dedicated to working toward positive safety goals is where it begins. But, starting with the on boarding process, encouraging and reinforcing safety behaviors every day is critical.
Other Ways to Keep Up with Good Safety Processes
Focusing on employee engagement and retention can also help you maintain an influential culture of safety in your workplace. More satisfied workers have higher productivity rates and feel loyal to the organization. If they have a positive experience, they will likely return to work faster after an injury or illness. Companies should also strive to establish positive relationships within the community to demonstrate their commitment to safety.