Every organization that has employees must ensure that safety and security are just as important – perhaps even more so – as revenue and cost projections, merger or acquisition opportunities, investor issues and customer feedback. After all, safety and security (or lack thereof) can have a devastating impact on an organization’s bottom line – and reputation. Think about the fallout from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill or the Upper Big Branch mining disaster and the repercussions.
For too long, the concept of safety in many businesses and corporations has been relegated to mid-management at best, not elevated to senior management. I generally employ a high degree of skepticism when reading the results of most surveys that suggest that a high percentage of a company’s leadership perceives safety as very important. Would you really expect them to say it isn’t? And, when they reply in the affirmative, does that mean they follow OSHA regulations or step it up a notch and go beyond what is required by law?
Read more about how to keep your company’s reputation safe in EHS Today
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