The challenge of creating a culture of safety

By Rob Stewart
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/28/2005

It is difficult to overstate the personal harm stemming from a workplace accident — from disfiguring injuries, to broken relationships, to loss of dignity and sometimes even suicide.

If this is not reason enough to ensure workers practise good safety every day, employers need to understand that good safety practices have a positive impact on the bottom line.

Safe workplaces pay less in workers’ compensation premiums; have lower costs for damaged equipment, production downtime, replacement workers; and carry less risk for prosecution and fines. Forward-thinking organizations recognize this and view safety as a critical business imperative.