There’s Serious Substance in Strong Safety (Part 1)



There are few aspects more important for a workplace than safety. In fact, one might argue that it’s a foundational need for any building—the sort of thing that necessarily must come before other pursuits such as comfort and efficiency. Indeed, neither efficiency nor comfort are truly possible (or even meaningful) if a tenant’s personal safety cannot be guaranteed for a particular space.


But, what does safety mean? How can we better understand what constitutes a “safe” environment, so that we can track and eliminate risks?


OSHA estimates that 4,679 workers were killed on the job in 2014—more than 13 deaths every day. And yet, safety spans a great deal more than simply avoiding death…in fact, it spans a plethora of different arenas, including (but not limited to) the following:


  1. Safety from physical harm caused by the building and its utilities
  2. Safety from disasters (natural and artificial), such as tornadoes, earthquakes, and fires
  3. Safety from third-party crimes, such as theft, defacement of property, and assault
  4. Safety from internal threats, such as coworker harassment


And, there’s substantial value in having companies According to OSHA:


“Injuries and illnesses increase workers’ compensation and retraining costs, absenteeism, and faulty product. They also decrease productivity, morale, and profits. Businesses operate more efficiently when they implement effective safety and health management systems. A Fortune Five company increased productivity by 13 percent, while a small, 50-person plant decreased faulty product and saved more than $265,000 with a strong safety and health program.”


As such, there’s substantial value for companies, tenants, and facility managers to be “safety aware” when it comes to their respective buildings. In part two of this series (here), we discuss the ways in which Facility Managers can actively reduce risks, and empower employees with a sense of security.


Can’t wait for part two? Schedule some time to talk today, and we’ll outline how CrowdComfort is streamlining the way companies look at serving the needs of their employees—all while putting safety first.

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