Many of us tend to lose sight of the importance of health and safety training in the workplace. But when we look at some of the current workplace fatality and injury statistics, we’re quickly reminded just how crucial this type of training really is, no matter what industry you work in, how small or large your company is, or the type of job you have.
In 2019, the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) reported 925 workplace fatalities in Canada. There were also 271,806 accepted claims (an increase from 264,438 the previous year) for lost time due to a work-related injury or disease.
Reasons for Having a Health and Safety Certification
Let’s explore the key reasons why health and safety training should always be a top priority.
- The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)
Health and safety training in the workplace is the law, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Enacted in 1979, the OHSA sets out the rights and duties of all parties in the workplace, as well as the procedures for dealing with workplace hazards.
- There is Risk in Every Workplace
Just because someone works in an office, does not mean they’re safe from harm – no workplace is 100% safe! But working in trades introduces an entire new set of workplace hazards – like slips, falls, and unsecured equipment, to name a few – which is why health and safety training is so important.
- Increased Productivity
Health and safety training is not a waste of time but rather has proven to boost efficiency and productivity in the workplace by providing language and a structure so that tasks are clearly defined and easy to understand. As a result, employees can complete work tasks efficiently and safely.
- Reduced Expenses
By making operations clearer, health and safety training can also cut down on costs. Streamlined operations mean less time is spent on individual tasks, ensuring working hours are more efficient as well as less workers being lost to workplace accident injury or illness. Not to mention that health and safety training can also help companies avoid significant fines for breaches in health and safety regulations.
- Good Company Culture
A strong health and safety policy can help a company build a good relationship with its employees by making them feel safe and valued, which in turn, boosts overall morale and productivity.
- Better Reputation
A company with a strong health and safety record is more likely to achieve high recognition and good standing in its industry.
Health and Safety Certification is A Top Priority
The bottom line is that health and safety training should be a top priority and not just an afterthought. It’s benefits far outweigh the cost of maintaining it, creating a safe and secure workplace that ensures the safety and success of everyone involved.
FTI Ontario offers a broad range of health and safety certification courses that will either help spearhead you on your new journey as an apprentice or further supplement to your existing training. Book your training today.