Moral, Legal, and Economic are the three types of Good Reasons to Manage Workplace Safety.

Workplace health and safety is very important for each and every organization as it is the key factor for all organizations to promote the wellness of both employees and employers.

 

                 Moral Legal Financial

 

The Importance Of Safety

safe and healthy workplace not only protects workers from injury and illness and fatalities, but it can also reduce medical costs, lessen absenteeism swell productivity, and improve quality. Above all, it raises employee morale. 

Importance Of Health And Safety For Workers

Work injuries and illnesses can affect the reputation of an organization as well as every aspect of life for workers and their families.

For workers, injuries or illnesses can cause:

  • Pain and suffering,
  • Various medical problems,
  • Loss of life,
  • Loss of income and financial well-being,
  • low self-esteem / mental health problems,
  • Stressed/damaged relationships,
  • Loss of job or career,
  • Health-care costs beyond what is covered by insurance.

 

             Health And Safety For Workers                         

 

Importance Of Health And Safety For Employers

Every dollar spent on a safety and health program can save $4.00 to $6.00. An efficient safety and health management system lowered injury and illness by 20-40%.

For a business, any injury means a big financial disaster which costs a business includes:

  • Production interruption
  • Wages for work not performed
  • workers’ compensation and insurance payments
  • Damage to assets
  • Hiring and/or training new employees
  • Decline in worker morale
  • High turnover and reduction of work hours

The compensation of workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities is much greater than the cost of workers’ compensation from insurance alone. 

So let me explain three Good Reasons to Manage Workplace Safety that can make you more successful.

  • Moral / Ethical 
  • Law/Legal  
  • Cost/ Economical

  • MORAL / ETHICAL REASONS TO MANAGE WORKPLACE SAFETY

The employee is considered an important and valuable asset of the organization. Any organization does not intend to cause harm to its employees but fails to implement an effective system for risk/hazard elimination or control.

Moral reasons are based on the concept of an employer owing a duty of reasonable care to his employees. A person does not expect to risk life and health, on a condition of employment.               

It is extensively admitted that moral reasons should be the encouragement for managing health and safety. There is a need to maintain a moral code within every organization. Without it, employers may be lured to give less importance to the health and safety of the workforce than financial profit which is morally wrong.

In addition to the duties owed by an employer to his workers, he also has a moral desire to protect those whose health and safety may be affected by his practices, e.g. contractors, vendors, or inhabitants of the surrounding community.

  • LAW/LEGAL REASONS TO MANAGE WORKPLACE SAFETY

Generally, there are workplace health and safety laws and various forms of punishment for non-compliance. Punishment is in fines imprisonment or both. 

 

The measures taken by regulatory agencies for non-compliance are as follows: 

Preventive – Enforcement notices issued by enforcement inspectors. 

Punitive – Impose fines and imprisonment for breaches of legal duties.

Compensatory – Employees can sue in the civil courts for compensation for the loss incurred.

In general, there are two prospects of law: 

  • Civil law
  • Criminal law
  • Civil Law:

Civil Law is to compensate an injured employee for loss due to an accident, ill health, or fatality.

Civil Law is of two types:

  • Fault Liability
  • No Fault Liability 

Fault Liability: Fault liability is the responsibility of the injured party to prove that the party who caused the injury owed a responsibility to take care of employees. And there was a breach of duty of care

Duty of care: One must take care to avert actions that can be likely to injure other people. In some legal systems, there is a concept of punitive damages to pay compensation to the injured and also punish the employer for the negligence of the employer. 

No-Fault Liability: In no-fault liability, it is assumed that the employer is liable, and the injured party does not have to indorse the irresponsibility of the employer. 

  • Criminal Law:

The basic motive of criminal law is to punish individuals or organizations for behaving irresponsibly and with unacceptable standards.

 It is contemplated as a crime and prosecuted by law. If Individuals or organizations are found guilty they will have to not only pay fines but have to undergo imprisonment and their assets can also be sized under criminal law.

  • COST /ECONOMICAL REASONS TO MANAGE WORKPLACE SAFETY

Also, smaller workplace incidents at a large scale can destroy an organization’s reputation. Various issues may arise such as time wastage in follow-up of incidents, investigation, medical leaves, transportation, compensation, etc.

It has been estimated that employers pay almost $1 billion per week for direct workers’ compensation costs alone. The costs of workplace injuries and illnesses include direct and indirect costs.

ECONOMICAL REASONS TO MANAGE WORKPLACE SAFETY

Direct Costs are visible and are calculable arising directly from the outcome of incidents like a cost for treatment and/or compensation. Cost of repairing or purchasing damaged assets.

Indirect Costs are not visible but consequential. Indirect costs have to pay for the transportation of injured, colleagues worker’s time wastage, bad goodwill of organization, low maintenance record, loss of morale, loss of expertise, idle time of machinery, production stoppage, cost of staff involved in the investigation, cost of property damage, etc.

Insured Costs these are the costs covered by insurance such as Employers’ liability insurance. Public liability insurance. Motor vehicle insurance etc. 

Uninsured Costs Many of the costs cannot be insured against,

 e.g.: Fines from criminal prosecutions reduced employee morale and the resulting reduction in productivity and damage to reputation.

The compensation for workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths is much greater than the cost of workers’ compensation insurance alone. 

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Insurance is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to these costs.

Moral, Legal, and Economic are the three sound as well as ethical and regulatory reasons for reducing work-related accidents and ill-health and for reducing costs. Effective safety and health management promotes business efficiency and maintains the organization’s good faith.

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