Employers have a legal obligation to provide a safe workplace for employees. But in addition to a legal obligation, employers also can cut costs and save money by investing in a safety program and a safe workplace, and by getting employees to focus on maintaining a safe work environment and performing work safely.
One important and necessary element in creating and maintaining a safe work environment is a well-thought-out safety program which employees respect and follow. And driving a successful safety program are two significant facts:
- People — everyone in the workplace from the top CEO to the new, entry-level employees — are the major cause of work-related accidents and injuries.
- Each person in the workplace — from the CEO or owner to the teenaged part-timer — has a responsibility to set up safe working conditions and make them work.