7 Reasons It's Essential to Invest in Health and Safety Training
Unfortunately too many companies still view health and safety training as an optional extra that they can pick and choose when to carry out and implement. In reality, having an effective health and safety training scheme in place is one of the most important steps a business can take to ensuring its future. Not only does it reduce the risk of accidents happening, but it will also increase the overall happiness of your workforce, in turn making you a far more productive business. Here are 7 reasons it’s essential to invest in health and safety training.
1 It’s the Law
Ultimately it is the responsibility of each and every employer, regardless of what field they are in, to ensure that their employees are working in a safe environment. In order to comply with these health and safety regulations, laid out by either the federal government or the province or territory where you work, you need to provide adequate training.
2 You Can Never Eliminate Risk
Every single workplace, regardless of industry, has an inherent element of risk attached to it, and because of this it’s essential to know how to reduce it. Putting in place even the most basic practices and procedures goes a long way to doing this.
3 Good Training Improves Productivity
Nobody likes working in an unsafe environment, and workplaces with poor safety records are renowned for having high rates of absenteeism. Businesses that have high health and safety standards, and are committed to fostering a culture where safety is everybody’s number one priority are far more productive. A happy worker is a productive worker.
4 It Costs Less In the Long Run
One of the main reasons that business choose to skimp on health and safety training is the initial cost. The truth is that is costs far less to train your workforce properly and avoid accidents than it does to deal with the fallout when the inevitable happens due to the low standards that you have engendered.
5 It Will Help With Your Recruitment
Finding the right people to work for your business can be difficult, but one of the most effective ways to find high quality, loyal workers is through word of mouth. No one is going to encourage a friend or family member to join a company that puts their lives at risk every day. But you can guarantee they will if the working environment is good.
6 You’ll Avoid Being Prosecuted
Workplace safety is the responsibility of the employer and if in the event of an accident it’s proven that you did not comply with the regulations you’ll be liable for prosecution. This could have both criminal and financial consequences.
7 Injuries and Deaths Ruin Lives
Life changing injuries and workplace deaths ruin the lives of everyone involved. No one deserves to go to work and not return home at the end of the day, but by simply implementing an effective training structure in your workplace it’s possible to significantly reduce the risk of this happening. Don’t take the risk.
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