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It’s easy to get lax about safety measures. After all, you’ve probably performed your duties a million times without an accident. Not to mention that some of your personal protective equipment (PPE) doesn’t fit quite right. But stop.

Safety has to be a priority—always. Health and safety are essential, not only for your well-being but also for the welfare of your company and your relationships with your coworkers. Here are five reasons why safety measures are essential.  

Comply with OSHA requirements  

One of the most straightforward reasons to follow safety measures is because the federal government requires it. OSHA is responsible for enforcing safety guidelines and minimizing hazards that could injure workers. If your company doesn’t comply, they can be fined, and their reputation will be damaged.  

Prevent injuries and illness  

Perhaps the most important reason to follow safety measures is that it keeps you and your coworkers safe and healthy. It would be pretty devastating to be responsible for a severe injury or even death of a coworker. Your coworkers rely on you to perform your job well enough so that they won’t get hurt, just as you rely on them to keep you safe. It’s one thing to gamble with your health and safety, but it’s different from taking shortcuts and skipping steps that might put other people in jeopardy.   

Build trust and reduce stress  

When your coworkers know you’re working with their health and safety in mind, they’ll know they can trust you, and they’ll be able to concentrate on their responsibilities without being distracted by worry or fear. Trusting relationships are essential to company culture, whereas mistrust can lead to stress, depression, and anxiety about work. If the importance of coming to work becomes too much because they’re worried about getting hurt or injured, they probably won’t stick around long, and your employer will be dealing with high turnover.   

Save time  

If you and your coworkers prioritize safety, you’ll all be more likely to stay safe, and any time that will get lost due to injuries and illnesses will be saved. When injured employees require medical treatment, therapy, and rehabilitation, they certainly can’t be very productive. They won’t be able to work, a temp will need to be hired, there might be a financial payout, and that employee will experience a lot of stress related to their finances and the psychological anguish of the injury itself.   

Boost productivity  

When employees aren’t constantly distracted by the threat of injuries, they can operate more freely and efficiently with little hesitation and fewer setbacks. They’ll be more productive, more loyal to the company, and less likely to skip work. If your company’s profit margins are higher, they’ll have more money that may be available to increased salaries and professional development.   

Looking for More Safety Tips?

It’s essential to follow safety measures—not just for your health and safety but for your coworkers as well. If you’re not safe, your coworkers won’t trust you, and you could lose your job. For more tips on operating safely, check out our website.

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