Keeping workers safe costs money. Even in the best of economic times, getting management to invest in the OHS program can be challenging; when the economy is down, you may have to fight tooth and nail to keep your safety budget from being slashed.
We recently asked you how your 2012 safety budget compared to 2011. The good news is that 50% said it was the same—and 6% even said it was a lot bigger. The bad news is that 33% said the 2012 budget was a little smaller.
There are ways to get senior management to see the wisdom in spending money on the OHS program and safety initiatives. On the OHS Insider, we have lots of information to help you make the business case for safety. For example, we tell you:
- 10 ways to improve your OHS program in a down economy
- The financial benefits of going beyond mere EHS compliance
- How putting productivity ahead of safety hurts the bottom line
- How to justify investments in ergonomics.