Too many organisations still believe they have to choose between safety and productivity. There is a view, particularly among smaller companies, that health and safety directives exist to stifle the productivity within an organisation.
But safety and productivity are not competing ideals. You do not need to sacrifice one, in order to achieve the other. In fact, the research is overwhelming in the view that safety is productivity.
Part of this is the productivity loss associated with bad health and safety. Injured workers don’t produce anything. Similarly, workers on reduced duties, employee retraining, damaged machinery, and allocating resources to investigation, are all drains on efficiency.
But do good health and safety practices translate to actual boosts in productivity? A 2010 study of manufacturing companies found that companies in the top 20 percent for operational efficiency achieved an injury frequency rate of just 0.05 percent – 18 times lower than the industry average1. Rockwell Automation, the study authors, said good companies see safety as a way to reduce and avoid costs, whereas great companies explicitly link safe practices to increased productivity and performance.
Lockheed Martin, one of the largest companies in the aerospace and defence industry, found that following safety procedures at their Paducah plant earned them a 24 percent increase in productivity, and a 20 percent reduction in factory costs2.
When OHS Japan studied the Lockheed Martin case, it found that the company viewed employee safety and health and productivity as part of a “closely linked process.”
“High productivity rates in manufacturing can only be achieved by focusing on accident- and error-free performance. Safety and productivity are two sides of the same coin and are gained or lost through the rigorous daily focus on details through procedures, work control and effective communication.”
An investment in health and safety is also a direct signal to your employees that you care about their wellbeing. This is the first step in creating a loyal and engaged workforce, and one that buys-in to their employer’s vision. This concept is backed up by a 2011 study by Aviva that found 61 percent of workers would work harder for an employer that invested in the health and safety3. The British Safety Council refers to this as a ‘psychological contract’ between the employer and worker, and says investing in OHS can increase staff morale and organisation loyalty.
These boosts to productivity and performance are also recognised by business leaders. In a 2005 survey, businesses were asked to quantify the benefits of their occupational safety and health investment. The top-ranked factor was increased employee motivation and satisfaction. In fact, almost 40 percent of CFOs cited productivity as the top benefit of an effective workplace safety program4.
1 Aberdeen Group, Rockwell Automation’s Safety Maturity Index, 2010
2 JICOSH, Lockheed Martin Case Study, 1999
3 Aviva, Health of the workplace, 2011
4 Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Chief Financial Officer Survey, 2005
What is HSE Software and How Does myosh Work?
myosh is a cloud based workplace health and safety platform that works with you and your team.
myosh is fast and fully configurable HSE Software that is easy to use and adapt for any Industries.
Over 50 configurable modules integrate to collect HSEQ data.
Modules are used to manage hazards, investigate incidents, manage risk, conduct audits and much more.
Our mobile app is used for fast data capture in the field, online or offline. Features include QR code scanning, digital signatures, Geo Locations and Geo Fencing, pdf export and more. You can configure mobile forms, visibility and functionality in your Administration panel
The myosh Dashboard provides powerful organisational insight by transforming your hseq data into intelligent visual charts, marps and tables. Up to date data is derived from modules and displayed in an interactive visual format, configured specifically for you and your team.
myosh is built on the Viking PaaS, a super configurable platform with powerful capabilities. Teams can quickly and easily configure the platform to their own very unique end to end process requirements.
We encourage you to treat your software technology like a team member. The myosh academy is designed to empower your team with the skills to ensure they use their software tools productively. Everyone learns differently, so the academy holds a variety of resources including videos, guided learning and verified online learning courses for each myosh module.
Your investment in myosh helps you and your team manage risk, compliance and improve workplace health and safety. Today, successful organisations view safety as an asset, and health and safety spending as an investment. This is because a safe workplace adds measurable business value, and can drive tangible improvements in performance, profit, and culture.
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The Facts and The Figures
Organisations are constantly reminded that health and safety failure is expensive. And whilst this is certainly true, there are benefits to health and safety success that go beyond cost-avoidance. Today, successful organisations view safety as an asset, and health and safety spending as an investment.
Download the report and discover the tangible and measurable benefits that health and safety initiatives can have on:
- Organisational Productivity
- Safety Climate
- The Bottom Line
Your investment in myosh helps you and your team manage risk, compliance and improve workplace health and safety.
We encourage you to treat your software technology like a team member. The myosh Academy is designed to empower your team with Knowledge, Skills, Tips and FAQS, and to ensure they use their software tools productively.
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- Take online courses
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