Reasons why safety in the workplace is important

Updated February 21, 2017

Safety programmes reduce the potential for workplace injuries. Employers use health and safety programmes and policies to evaluate hazards and implement measures such as barriers, safety procedures and protective clothing.


According to the UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 78,000 people were injured at work during 2012/13 and 148 workers were killed at work.


Job sites expose workers to dangers such as extreme heat and cold, chemicals, high noise levels, electrical hazards and equipment hazards. Safety measures protect workers against these hazards.


The HSE publishes regulations governing worker safety in the UK. Failure to follow regulations can result in fines and other penalties.


Many employers have instituted safe work policies that require workers to follow proscribed safety procedures. Failure to follow procedures can result in disciplinary action, including termination.

Employer cost

Safety programmes reduce the costs of injuries due to lost productivity, property damage, medical claims and legal action.

Employee cost

Avoiding workplace injury prevents costs due to lost wages and medical bills. Safety procedures may also prevent pain, suffering and death.

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About the Author

Employed in the environment, health and safety field since 1985, Mary Beth Northrup has created a number of in-house technical publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Anderson University and a Quality Green Belt. She began writing for Demand Studios in 2009.