Occupational safety and health also commonly referred to as workplace health and safety is an area concerned with protecting the safety, health and welfare of the people engaged in work environment. The main statute protecting the health and safety of workers is the Occupational and Safety Health Act (OSHA).
Employers should send their workers home in the same condition they came in. Costs associated with incidents, including lost costs, worker’s compensation claims, insurance costs and legal fees are minimized in a safe work environment. The total economic cost of work-related injures, illnesses or even deaths for 2009 is estimated to be $168.9 billion. The amount of money that is spent for worker’s compensation is very significant. Worker’s compensation laws protect people who are injured on the job. They are designed to ensure that employees who are injured or disabled on the job are provided with fixed monetary awards. The estimated total time lost because of the unsafe working conditions is 95 million days. That is why workplace safety is very important and it’s employers’ primary job to provide their workers with the safe working conditions.
If you’re doing safety effectively in a business world, it’s going to relate to fewer schedule interruptions, which will minimize companies’ costs and will save people’s lives!