Policies and practices used by the firm, set out the standards to which they seek to aspire.
They are designed to govern the operation of the business; especially in today’s economy where there is such a rise in service industries (Biz/ed, 2010).
Proper practices maintain the health of the workers and it protects human rights; the human right to a safe and healthy environment and the human right to a safe and healthy workplace (PDHRE, n.d.) A major reason for maintaining health and safety in the workplace is that failure to do so cost too much.
The consequences of not up keeping proper health and safety practices can range from having expensive monetary payouts, to death (users of the workplace).
This is as a result of: increased productivity higher quality products increased morale better labour/management relations reduced turnover better use of human resources Employees and their families benefit from safety and health because (OSHA, n.d.): their incomes are protected; no financial shock because of illness or injury their family lives are not hampered by injury; no loss of income destabilization because of illness and injury they have less stress; because of a com Workplace health and safety extend way beyond the boundaries of the worksite.
The families of workers and other users of the worksite can also be impacted by health and safety in the workplace (OSHA, n.d.).Firstly, on a national level occupational health and safety is instituted in accordance with legal regulations that were created by legislative decisions and is enforced and monitored by agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), for the U. Also, from a corporate standpoint, the health and safety standards of the company can be establish by the declaration of it in the Company’s general worker manual and/or in the separate manual set aside for clearly laying out, the standards by which the company seek to keep its work environment and the people that use it safe and healthy.A more informal, but still an effective method is employee observation.Human resources account for a large proportion of many company’s’ costs; it is the people that invariably drive a business (Biz/ed, 2010) According to the Bureau Veritas, Workplace Health and Safety refers to, the evaluation of risks relating to the health and safety of an organization’s workers and others (including the public) who may be affected by its activities (Bureau Veritas, 2007). Department of Labour, has the responsibility of assuring the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging (OSHA, n.d.).The health and safety of a workplace is established through different sources. On a national and/or on a company level there are also instances of regular inspections by a safety representative. This is done to ensure that companies follow the stipulated guidelines that are set to govern the safety and health of the workplace.Human resources are one of the most important features of many businesses.A business’ success relies heavily on the effectiveness to which this resource is managed.This topic is of importance to us because it has proven to be a neglected field in today’s corporate world; especially in Grenada.In this regard, this paper seek to highlight the importance of Workplace Health and safety to the business, to develop an understanding of how its effective management can affect the performance of a business, outline how this can be effectively carried out with the interest of the company in mind.Therefore, proper health and safety practices safeguard the productivity of its employees.When the workforce is unhealthy it affects productivity; quantity and quality.