Safety in the workplace is still something which is expensive and not particularly important for many companies. As a result many people do not make safety as top priority. One reason is the lack of public knowledge about safety and a lot of wrong perception about safety. Here are six things you should know about workplace safety.
Safety in the workplace is still something which is expensive and not particularly important for many companies. As a result many people do not make safety as top priority. One reason is the lack of public knowledge about safety and a lot of wrong perception about safety. Here are 6 things you should know about workplace safety.
1. Safety has economic goal
Most people think of safety, especially safety in the workplace, it is only for the benefit of employees. As a result many people think that safety is a waste because it is not profitable. This is absolutely wrong. You should know that workplace safety is profitable and has economic goal such as to increase productivity and reduce compensation costs. Many studies show that investment in the safety program was very beneficial through ROI calculations and the like methods. Safety also can be traced in the analysis of production costs. Safety plays a role in reducing overhead costs. Overhead costs here are also divided into two, direct costs that are directly related to the labor such as workers' compensation and indirect cost that are not directly related to the worker such as a lack of productivity, lost work days and so on. From different sides, safety can also be attributed to opportunity cost. If you invest in the safety program, the opportunity to lose a lot of money as a result of workplace accidents can also be reduced. The relationship between safety and economic is well studied in industrial engineering and ergonomics.
2. Poor safety has much impact
Particularly poor safety in the workplace has much impact. The most widely known is the frequent occurrence of accidents, the injuries, deaths, and property damage. But you should know that the impact of poor safety in the workplace is more than that. It's sort of domino effect. Some impacts that occur include cessation of production, the need for resource-consuming investigation, the need for more manpower recruitment, rebuilding facilities, wages for lost time is not effective, the company's image is compromised, the demand for compensation, the cost of training new workers, the firm's profit down, take some time and administrative costs, the costs of rehabilitation, etc.
3. Workplace safety is a requirement of global competitiveness
Safety in the workplace is still much underestimated. But you should know that currently safety is a major requirement in order to win the competition in the global competition. Therefore, many companies began to wake up to get certified in the areas of safety, such as OHSAS certification.
4. Workplace safety is not the responsibility of SHE division
In every company there is division or special section dealing with safety are usually called division of SHE (Safety, Health, Environment). But you need to know that although this division is in charge of designing safety systems in the workplace but the greatest responsibility for safety is not owned by this division. Greatest responsibility it is owned by the employees themselves. Therefore in case of accident, the worker is most often reprimanded or punished for the majority of the causes of workplace accidents are workers themselves. So workers should also be aware of the importance of safety. SHE does have responsibilities but only limited to the design of safety systems.
5. Safety is not just about physical
The majority of issues in workplace safety is the physical safety such as posture, personal protective equipment, heat, etc. But you should know that the real safety is not just limited to physical problems. Safety could also be the non-physical issues mainly cognitive. Wrong design in terms of cognitive in work tools can also be a hazard. For example, control and display on complex machine can lead to usage errors and causing accidents. Such cases are much discussed in cognitive ergonomics.
6. Safety is a multidisciplinary field
Most people think that the field of safety, especially in the workplace is only related to the health field especially public health and occupational medicine. But you should know that safety is actually a multi-disciplinary field. In addition to the health, safety is much related to engineering especially safety engineering and industrial engineering. Usually health graduates serve to analyze health and safety data and to act in case of accidents such as the treatment and so on. While the engineer in charge to design or redesign every element in the work system make it safer includes designing procedures used when an emergency situation. Safety uses a lot of sciences ranging from mathematics, physics, physiology, psychology, etc. There is also a state that workplace safety is part of ‘the science of work’ also know as ergonomics and work system design.