According to a survey conducted by the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center (NORC), 85 percent of workers cite safety regulations as the most important labor standard – even more important than family and maternity leave, minimum wage, paid sick days, overtime pay, maximum hours limits and the right to join a union.
Safety is becoming even more important to business leaders due to skyrocketing injury claims and drastically increasing workers’ compensation rates. Many employers have taken significant steps to revamp their safety policies to ensure a safer environment for their employees and to help reduce the expenses involved with workplace injuries and illness.
Does your company have a comprehensive safety policy? If not, it’s time. A good place to start is with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Check them out at http://www.osha.gov.