Why Occupational Health and Safety is so Important

Companies around the world have suffered the consequences of the global economic downturn. The need to shave costs without compromising productivity is real! Unfortunately cutting the budget on health and safety is often the first step and what many business owners don’t know, is how risky this is. Neglecting to take care of OHS in the hope that ‘everything will be okay’ could end up costing a lot more than just money.

The Risks of not Complying to OHS Regulations

Occupational Health and Safety is a legal requirement and your moral duty. It is also risky. Being non-compliant could result in:

  • Loss of productivity
  • Serious injury
  • Loss of life
  • Compensatory damages
  • Legal action taken against you
  • Hefty fines
  • Penalties for non-compliance
  • You could even go to jail

The Benefits of Complying

It may seem like the Department of Labour is too strict when it comes to employers who are not compliant, those who stick to the rules will soon see that being compliant has a lot of benefits. It keeps your workplace free of risks and hazards. This means that employees can work in an environment that is healthy and secure which leads to increased focus and productivity – and a feeling of security.

The bottom line is: don’t take shortcuts. Budget the time, money, manpower and other resources, and do things correctly. And if you are not certain about something, talk to us, we’d love to assist.