Is health and safety necessary at the workplace?

Nico Prinsloo

According to the 2018/19 annual report of the Department of Labour there were 156 223 claims registered with the Compensation Commissioner.

This mean that 156 223 people got injured or contracted a work-related disease as result of an unsafe and unhealthy work environment during 2018 and 2019.

Some people argue that health and safety is just redder tape and feels like it is a total waste of time. This mindset and outlook on health and safety must change if we want to curb more injuries and diseases in South Africa.

Health and Safety are very important because it protects the well being of employees at work. Healthy employees are happy employees, by being proactive you mitigate the risk of having sick or injured employees. If employers protect employees by putting control measures in place to eliminate possible risks and hazards that contributes to injuries and diseases, you will already have employees that are healthy and fit for work.

If employers do the opposite and ignore the hazards and risks employees will get injured and contract diseases which result in negative productivity, causing the business to sustain massive financial losses.

Do you allow your children to drive in a car without seat belts? To cross a road without any assistance, or to let them walk to School on their own? The same applies at a workplace, there are risks and employers must protect employees by identifying the risks set out at the workplace.

On D-Day, the Allies landed around 156,000 troops in Normandy to fight against Nazi Germany on 6 June 1944. This is the same amount of people that got injured or contracted diseases between 2018 and 2019 in South Africa. Have you ever been to a sport stadium? 156000 people can easily full up two big sport stadiums. Do you now think that health and safety is still not a priority in South Africa?

Contact Heart of Safety so that we can assist you in setting up a risk profile for your company.