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Why is Work Health and Safety Always the First to Go?

Why is Work Health and Safety Always the First to Go?

June 06, 2023

Why is work Health and Safety the first to go when the purse strings get tight within an organisation?
Here is a little reminder that we should all take safety in the workplace seriously.


Employee Wellbeing: The wellbeing and safety of employees should always be a top priority. By prioritising work health and safety, employers demonstrate their commitment to providing a safe and healthy working environment for their employees. This helps prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, ensuring the physical and mental well-being of workers.

Legal Compliance: Governments and regulatory bodies enforce specific health and safety regulations to protect workers. Failing to comply with these regulations can lead to legal consequences, penalties, fines, and potential legal liabilities. By taking work health and safety seriously, organisations can ensure compliance with the applicable laws and regulations.

Productivity and Efficiency: A safe and healthy workplace fosters higher productivity and efficiency. When employees feel safe, they are more likely to focus on their work without fear or distractions. Reducing accidents, injuries, and illnesses also decreases the number of work disruptions, absences, and medical leaves, leading to uninterrupted operations and improved productivity.

Reputation and Employee Engagement: Organisations that prioritize work health and safety build a positive reputation among employees, customers, and stakeholders. This reputation can attract and retain talented employees, enhance employee engagement, and improve overall morale. Employees feel valued and cared for when their wellbeing is prioritized, leading to increased loyalty and commitment to the organization.

Cost Savings: Effective work health and safety practices can result in cost savings for organisations . Preventing workplace accidents and illnesses reduces the financial burden of medical expenses, workers' compensation claims, legal fees, and potential fines. It also helps avoid the costs associated with absenteeism, retraining replacement workers, and decreased productivity due to accidents or illnesses.

Legal and Ethical Responsibility: Organisations have a legal and ethical responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work environment. This responsibility extends to protecting employees from hazards, providing adequate training and resources, and promoting a culture of safety. By fulfilling these obligations, organisations demonstrate their commitment to their employees' well-being and ethical practices.

If you are passionate about safety in your workplace contact jade@auctus.com.au to explore leading your team to safety through a nationally recognised qualification.



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