Implementing good occupational safety and health (OSH) practices can help to
make businesses successful and sustainable. Poor OSH, on the other hand, comes
at a cost. Everyone loses out when workplace safety and health is neglected -
individual workers, businesses, the economy and society as a whole.
Everyone benefits from good OSH practices! Good OSH practices reduce
absenteeism resulting from preventable illness and injury, help retain older
workers in the workforce, and improve businesses' productivity and reputation.
One study has estimated that every EUR 1 invested in OSH generates a return of
EUR 2.2. And it's not just businesses that benefit - improved productivity and
a healthy workforce are good for the economy and society as a whole.
Neglecting safety and health in the workplace has a human and financial cost
that can be avoided. A strong national strategy on safety and health increases
productivity and cuts healthcare costs, stimulates more efficient working
methods and the use of innovative technology, and reduces the burden on society
of caring for people who have a work-related disability or chronic illness.
AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work