Factories are a smorgasbord of potential pain and injury. You want to make sure you keep your employees safe, since their well-being affects your bottom line. If you are not able to keep up with the many changes in safety procedures and regulations, hire a safety contractor. Here are three good reasons why you need a safety contractor to handle things in your plant.
Safety Is the Primary Job Responsibility of a Safety Contractor
Plant safety is the primary responsibility of the safety contractor. He or she is focused solely on safety in the workplace, including OSHA regulations and expectations, first aid training for employees, and emergency procedures in the event of a disaster or fire. All day long, the safety contractor inspects plant areas for potential problems and makes note of safety practices and infractions of safety protocols. This is a full-time job, one which you may not be able to satisfy yourself when you own the plant and manage the business end of things.
Safety Infractions Cost You Thousands of Dollars and Are Preventable
When OSHA and state inspectors tour your plant to look for safety infractions, it can cost you thousands of dollars. You can avoid these expenses if you already have an in-house safety contractor. It is also very helpful to have a safety contractor who can represent you and your company's interests and perform the safety tours in your stead. The safety contractor can explain things in the language that the inspectors would understand and save you all the fines and fees.
Safety Complaints and Worker's Comp Claims
Safety complaints and worker's comp claims can be filed through the safety contractor's office. He or she can process these complaints, examine how to improve the safety issues that are causing the complaints, and present you with the reports on the injuries and how they relate to the complaints. Clear-cut information in these departments helps you, the plant's owner, stay informed and funnel funds into safety measures to correct these problems. Remaining compliant and hypervigilant in these matters reduces the possibility that an employee or employees would sue for compensation.
Hiring a Safety Contractor
When you finally decide to hire a safety contractor, you can hire one directly or hire a consultant on an as-needed basis. Given the extent of the job duties that a safety contractor would have in your plant, you probably would want someone to work full-time. A consultant can take on this job, at least until you decide if you are hiring someone else directly for the job