Do you ever wonder what the actual cost of safety is to your business? Is it limited to the cost of training or Personal Protective Equipment, like a pair of work gloves or safety glasses?
The cost of safety is never purely financial, as the human cost must always be considered. Injured workers can lose their mobility, functionality, and motivation, depending on the type of accident—all of which directly affects their lives, family, friends, and coworkers.
Imagine if an employee works with a chemical that splashes into their eyes. What if the damage isn’t temporary but changes how the employee must work for the rest of their life? It would have been better for the employee to wear a $15 pair of safety glasses to avoid the lost time, wages, pain, and life-changing loss of sight.
There is no simple answer to how much safety costs. It doesn’t compare to the losses resulting from workplace injuries. The price of prevention is relatively low when running a business. Achieving safety requires employers and employees to work together as a team.
Our safety team is available to help members improve their safety programs beyond compliance and toward quality safety practices for the whole team. Contact us at [email protected] to learn more.