Why risk paying fines and legal fees? Keep your workers and your bottom line safe by getting them proper safety training. BC Hazmat Management offers 50+ different safety training programs which we can deliver anywhere in BC & Yukon. Proper training is nothing compared to the potential and likely fines, fees, and litigation.
Of course, all workers have the right to be safe at work and to go home in one piece, uninjured, to their families at the end of the day. If you are a business owner or manager take a moment to ponder this. When we present the fees associated with training we often get, “I’ll think about it” or “I don’t have that in the budget.”
Honestly, what makes us shake our head here at BC Hazmat is those quotes are often as low as below one to two hundred dollars per employee depending on the training. I get it. You have to run your business to make a profit.
As someone with years of business experience let me take a look at the costs of NOT providing safety training to your workers.
- Productivity costs – When an employee is injured at work they may not be able to perform the same function or may require time off. This hurts your business’s efficiency and productivity.
- Expenses – What will it cost when your WorkSafeBC fees go up. Then there are possible fines which are usually a MINIMUM ten to twenty times what training may have cost. What about injuries to a bystander, equipment and property or environmental damage? All these things will cost thousands of dollars to fix or mitigate.
- Contract costs – Workplace or job site injuries often cause delays, work stoppages or stop work orders. How will those delays or stoppages affect the contracts you have in reference to the timing for deliverables or completion dates?
- Litigation – Legal challenges, legal fees, and lawsuits are more and more common in today’s society. You need to prove that you and your company have done the DUE DILIGENCE to keep your workers safe. Proper safety training is a cornerstone of due diligence.
- Public relations & reputation costs – The lack of safety training opens you up for workplace injuries, injuries to third parties, property, and environmental damage. Nowadays everyone has a cell phone with a camera and social media allows for the migration of images and text in seconds. What will be the cost to your company or your own reputation if any of the above-mentioned things happen? Some companies have been forced out of business due to bad PR.
- Culture costs – Every well-run company knows that the business and workplace culture plays a major role in productivity, efficiency and employee retention. Having your workers in unsafe circumstances, getting injured on the job WILL NOT help your companies workplace culture.
Make the smart business decision. Protect the bottom line. Get them trained.
The story as reported points to the risks and damage that real or a perceived lack of safety training can do. We not making any judgments or offering any opinions on the companies or individuals involved in this story. We have not verified the facts of this story and are just using it as a reference to help explain the points mentioned above. This story sits in the public domain as posted by the Salmon Arm Observer.
Blog Post was written by,
Director of Marketing & Communications for BC Hazmat Management