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Four important reasons why health and safety should be a top priority in your organisation

by , 25 March 2015
Let's face it: dealing with health and safety isn't the most productive use of your time!

You could argue that putting all of your effort into growing your profits is a better way to spend your day.

However, the reality is there are four important reasons why health and safety should be one of your top priorities...

One of them is a legal obligation...

1. Legal obligation
The Occupational Health and Safety Act was implemented to protect workers from injury and illness. It applies to all employers, regardless of the number of employees. Compliance to the Act isn't optional, but required by law! So make sure your business stays compliant with the latest health and safety regulations.

Read on to find out what the other three reasons are...

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Three more reasons why health and safety should be a priority in your business

2. Moral obligation
You have a duty to keep your workers and visitors to your premises, safe from harm. Be proactive in managing health and safety in your business. And reduce personal loss caused as a result of accidents and ill-health at work. A good starting point would be to conduct a risk assessment to see what hazards exist that may cause injury to your employees.

3. Economic obligation
Hefty fines because of non-compliance to the Occupational Health and Safety Act could sink your business. Other negative economic consequences could result from legal fees, compensatory pay-outs, and loss of production.

4. Emotional obligation
By not managing the health and safety in your business properly, it could result in lost goodwill from your employees, customers and even the wider community. Looking after your employees' safety, however, will improve morale.
 
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Make the health and safety of your employees a top priority, and in doing so, protect yourself and your business!

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