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Health and safety practices are routine activities put in place by businesses to safeguard and protect employees at the workplaces. Employee safety has always been an important consideration for businesses over the years. Some of the greatest tragedies that occurred to employees in their places of work have been linked to individual or collective negligence as pertains to these practices. To emphasize the need for such practices, this article looks at some of the benefits of following such practices.

  • It promotes the business’ image and brand

A business which identifies and strictly adheres to the set health and safety practices will always have a good name. As such, it will always be a business of preference for many employees.

  • Improved employee productivity

Employee productivity is highly boosted by a safe working environment. This is because they have a morale uplifting and have less to worry about their health and safety at the place of work.

  • Preventing unnecessary absenteeism

A safe and healthy working environment means minimum illnesses and injuries to employees and therefore fewer absences.

  • Resource saving

With fewer cases of absences, firms are able to retain their employees for long. As such, resources used for the recruitment of new staff members will be saved hence increasing on profits.

  • Legal compliance

It’s a legal requirement for firms to maintain a set of established health and safety practices within their premises. Therefore by following these practices, a business will stay clear of unnecessary legal battles with the state agencies involved.

  • Portray the business as socially responsible

Safety and health practices are all people-affecting issues. From employees, suppliers and customers, a business ought to portray a sense of social responsibility by ensuring the safety of all these groups of people.

  • Reduce the cost of insurance

Fewer injuries and illnesses cases mean that the business organization incurs less insurance premium payments to insurance companies. These saved funds can be directed towards increasing production and hence increase profit margins.

  • Protection of important and expensive assets.

Laying down of clear health and safety practices within a business organization and training employees on keeping them means that there be less break-down and damages to assets. As such, the cost of replacements and repair is reduced.

  • Win and maintain clients.

A business keeps these practices will always attract and maintain customers who are sensitive of their safety and health. Consumer products that possess high health standards will be preferred by customers.

  • High-quality products/services

With employees assured of their safety and health protection, efficient and safe assets being used, the final products and services will always be of a high quality.

David Rowland, Head of Marketing at Effective Software, knows the importance of safety in business. He claims that “the role of safety in business is vitally important. It is imperative that we are proactive in developing a positive safety culture in our businesses. What we need is a genuine cultural shift, and this can have a profound impact on not just our workers, but also other KPIs such as consumer confidence and reputation.”

From the above statements, it is evident that we cannot overemphasize the importance and maintaining safety and health practices in the different workplaces. Business organizations should ensure that their employees and aware and well trained on the set practices within the organization that can be used to avoid injury to people and damage to the organization’s assets. This will go a long way in creating and maintaining a positive corporate culture.

Holly Shaw

Holly is part of the content team at Effective Software. Holly has worked in the health and safety industry since graduating from university. When not writing about health and safety practices, Holly can be found researching new travel locations.