When you hear the word “sustainable” your mind probably goes to farms that treat their animals humanely, forest products that come from managed timber production sources, or recycling. Whatever pops into your head when you hear that word, chances are it’s not related to worker health and safety. In a new white paper released this month by OSHA, they’re challenging businesses to think about sustainability from the standpoint of safety—the fact that safety makes your business sustainable for the long term.
Will Your Business Last, Long Term?
Sustainability provides protection for the life of your business. When workers experience an injury while at work, the result is often very costly to the business owner. OSHA estimates that US companies spend $1 billion dollars a week in direct worker compensation claims. One worker injury could threaten the long-term viability of your business. OSHA’s $afety Pays tool is a great online resource that lets business owners see the impact of common injuries on profitability.
Safety is Best
Although worker injuries can cause a very large amount of financial stress on a business, the most important reason to focus on safety as a sustainability practice is because it’s the ethical thing to do. No industry that regularly experiences worker injuries is truly a sustainable one. If people are injured or killed while producing a product or service, that’s not a sustainable practice. Workers deserve to work in a safe and hazard-free setting without the fear of injury while on the job.
Sustainability isn’t just for the environment. Developing a culture of safety in your business through worker training, a safety plan, and safety monitoring can help ensure your business stays healthy long term.
If you’re interested in talking more about safety as a sustainable business practice or just have questions about safety training for your employees, feel free to get in touch with us at 864.905.7835.