Workplace Safety: When Saving Dollars Makes Sense
This paper includes a discussion on how to improve safety in the workplace with a focus on the trucking industry. Implementation of a “Safety First” or “Zero Incident” culture is a necessity to remain to business. Companies that neglect to put safety first are finding themselves faced with high fines or bankrupt. The latest government regulations for the trucking industry can place a carrier out of service for non-compliance upon first incident.
Safety can be accompanied by a hefty price tag. For those who are not compliant, the “catch-up” may be a costly endeavor. Once a “Safety First” culture is adopted by your company and championed from within the top management, there are a myriad of means to save money. Companies that adopt a safety program that originates with executive management and is followed through by floor supervisors are the most successful. Workers take their cues from their leaders. Supervisors who work safely produce safe workers. Safe workers produce a less stressful environment that leads to higher work satisfaction and lower turnover rates. Hayes and team proved this cause and effect relationship in their 1998 study of the Work Safety Scale.
Additionally, new safety regulations have befallen the trucking industry. CSA 2010, the new measure of safety in trucking, has changed the way many trucking companies do business. This 90-day continuous update system is a quick way to excel over the competition or end up out of business. Workplace safety, in the warehouse or on the highway, can no longer be ignored. It is mandatory to work safely and compliant in order to remain in business.
This paper reviews how companies can profit from being safe. A two decade, firsthand account of instilling a “Safety First” culture in various workplaces is discussed. Tips on how to make any working environment safe is covered along with the resulting awards. Sources on how to obtain safety training are contained within this paper.
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