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Continued focus on Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) is proving successful – and it’s saving lives.  According to Safe Work Australia’s Key Work Health and Safety Statistics, tragically there were 182 workplace fatalities in Australia in 2016.  As huge as that number sounds, it’s actually a reduced fatality rate, having dropped 49% compared to 2007 figures. 

Ensuring the health and wellbeing of employees and visitors is essential for every business and across all industries, regardless of the size of the company. 

There are so many benefits to focusing on WHS in your business, the most important being the protection of your employees and visitors. Meeting or exceeding your WHS requirements not only protects your people and your business, it can also benefit your business in other unexpected ways. 

Marketing


How on earth does marketing fit in with health and safety? Glad you asked. 

Promoting your focus on WHS can translate to increased profits.  Between 1990 and 2004, the Bank of Finland conducted a study looking at how an organisation’s corporate responsibility impacted its stock value. Organisations that were listed as being socially responsible saw their stock price rise by around 2%.  Those organisations that were not on the list saw their value drop by around 3%. 

By promoting your organisation’s focus on WHS, you are not only increasing your brand profile, you are also setting an example and a standard for others in your industry to hopefully follow.

 

Productivity


This one is somewhat obvious, but we’ll spell it out for you: Workplace injuries or diseases can have a serious impact on a company’s bottom line, never mind the health of your employees.  

On the other hand, effective WHS programs and procedures demonstrates to your staff that their wellbeing is your priority.  When your staff know they are valued, this, in turn, leads to increased productivity, decreased absenteeism and a generally happier workplace. 

The most important outcome of course, is that a thorough WHS policy means less injuries, which benefits everyone. 


Reduced Costs


A strong focus on WHS not only reduces the number of compensation claims received by an organisation, it also reduces the costs involved with the disruption to business associated with illness or injury. 

Better WHS can also reduce premium costs on insurance, and many insurance companies now recommend introducing a culture of health consciousness, covering risks alongside mental health and social stigmas. 

While it might be costly to implement and maintain a full WHS program, it pays to do so in the long run.

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Safety Equipment


Investing in good quality safety equipment can help reduce business costs while protecting your most valuable asset – people. Office safety is crucial, whether your office is in air-conditioned comfort or outdoors on a building site. 

Some of the most commonly used examples of safety equipment include safety eyewear, a register of injuries, safety caps, safety dust masks and a high visibility vest. Some things to look for when buying each include the following: 

Clear signage is also an essential for WHS, along with any other tools and first aid supplies for preventing and treating accidents and injuries.

Make work health and safety the number one priority for your workplace – your staff, visitors and their loved ones will thank you for it, and your business may even benefit.

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