While we often feel that safety simply involves using common sense, that is often not the case. Employees do not inherently know the proper safety procedures, especially when dealing with stressful situations. Ensuring the well being of employees requires safety training, beginning with the newly hired employee to the long-time veteran.
Impacts of a Lack of Safety Training
Lack of safety training leads to three negative consequences. The first is the impact accidents have on employee productivity. Employee injuries lead to workers unable to work at their peak productivity or unable to work at all. The second consequence is the possible governmental fines. Companies found to be negligent in enforcing workplace safety face a variety of fines, often causing hefty losses. A negative impact regarding public relations is the third consequence. Companies in the news regarding accidents at their job sites create a negative impression with the public and consumers, often leading to a long-term negative impact on revenue.
Benefits of Implementing Company Safety Training
The most obvious benefit is a reduction in worker accidents. Injuries are possible in any work environment, from the office to the construction site. While construction site injuries tend to be more severe, office injuries such as carpal tunnel still lead to lower productivity from staff.
A second benefit relates to increased revenue. Fewer accidents mean paying fewer health benefits in terms of worker's compensation. Costs to hire temporary replacement employees are avoided, as these employees are no longer necessary. Healthy employees provide greater productivity and efficiency for the company. Accidents or the possibility of accidents creates a major distraction for employees; reducing these distractions allows employees to focus on the job set out before them.
Company safety training imparts the message to the employees that the company cares for their well-being. Employees who feel that their employer appreciates them, willingly exert a greater effort. Employees feeling valued also are less likely to leave the company or take long sick absences. Their productivity is also positively impacted.
A Company Culture of Safety
Safety is not strictly the company's concern; the employees must also take responsibility. Therefore, it is important for management to set a culture of safety by demonstrating the importance of safety for themselves, the employees, and the company. Building this culture starts with the hiring process. New employees need to receive comprehensive safety training. This safety training needs to be reviewed with all employees during the year. It is equally as important for the company to regularly review their safety procedures and safety training processes, making any necessary changes to comply with any new regulations.
One way to set up this company culture of safety is to bring in a motivational speaker. A motivational speaker unites employees from all levels and management in understanding the importance of maintaining safety.
Brad Hurtig is one such individual. While in high school, Brad suffered a major accident at work, resulting in the loss of both hands. He is able to combine his life story with humour, uniting his audience in their desire to create a safe working environment for themselves and their co-workers. Contact us to book Brad for your next company event today!