The workplace is a continuous concern for OSHA and employers across the country. Implementing a safety audit is necessary and beneficial because they provide a clear indication of a company’s health and safety performance. In this section and part one, our OSHA defense lawyers share reasons why it’s important to implement ongoing safety audits.
Better Costs Control
A comprehensive safety program and regular audits have a positive impact on the company. It decreases project costs, increases ROI, and improves project schedules. Reduced injury rates mean your company will pay lower premiums for liability insurance and workers’ compensation. Fewer injuries translate to a reduction in absenteeism. When workers show up to work, companies will see greater efficiency and productivity which means faster completed projects and happier clients.
Keeps Everyone on High Alert
Safety gets overlooked when a company becomes complacent. However, OSHA has strict standards in place to ensure workplace safety. Noncompliance with these standards puts your employees at risks, causes project delays, and increases your likelihood of an OSHA violation and penalties. Safety audits help to cut down on unsafe practices. In the event that one does happen, safety audits prepare workers to handle them more effectively.
Workplace safety is a major productivity concern. Thousands of construction workers lose time on the job annually due to work-related accidents. This lost time leads to less productivity, low morale, and added stress to workers who are left covering the injured worker’s job duties. If implementing safety programs increases productivity and decreases the cost of injuries and insurance claims, then safety audits are key to ensuring that your company is complying with OSHA standards, implementing industry best practices, and making the health and safety of your workers a priority.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.