Occupational Safety and Health(OSH) Regulations have their main objective as ensuring the safety of personnel and the work environment. It is said that Good Safety promotes Good Business.
Today I want to briefly share on how the ‘Three E’s’ of Safety can be of great benefit to any organization.
The 3 E’s of Safety, namely ‘Education’, ‘Engineering’ and ‘Enforcement’ are key in the light of realization of a holistic growth of any organization.
Education: Education is the only means by which the ideal OSH regulations can be well understood and appreciated by employees. An ignorant team of employees will only do what they deem right and safe. When an awareness is created through education, amd employees are trained, they are equipped and become a part of the process and rules, and do not see them as impositions. This goes a long way to facilitate a good safety culture, hence promotes employees’ health and safety, which is a prerequisite for maximizing production and economic growth.
Engineering: Engineering basically consists of the design of systems, equipment, machinery and infrastructure at the workplace. These are key in making the workplace safe, and eliminating or controlling anything that poses as a hazard, or could impede the smooth and safe flow of work. Any engineering defect can cause a breakdown or halt in operations, and consequently affect the productivity of the employees, and more seriously may cause injury to workers. No equipment and no fit employee means no profit. This is a clear example of a domino effect.
Enforcement: Every laid down rules and regulations need to be reinforced. Enforcement protects workers, and guides the actions and inactions of both employers and employees, to ensure the safety of both parties, and the work environment as well. Enforcement must not be viewed with a skewed lens as only punishments and penalities. Every system without enforcement becomes chaotic because of the unpredictable nature of humans when left to freedom without guidance.
Enforcement helps to put things where they just ought to be rightly.
All these are necessary for the holistic economic growth of both workers and organizations as a whole.
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Author: Padmore O.Y. Amati.
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