To some, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) standards are inconvenient to follow. It does, after all, make a few processes lengthier, especially when you know what the shortcuts are. But OHS is here for a reason – and its importance on a construction site will not just save a few limbs, it could also save a few lives.
Also known as Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) laws, these regulations promote the following advantages, especially in a construction site:
Increase in productivity
Shortcuts do not come without a cost. To some, missing out on OHS regulations makes the process makes them more productive because tasks are completed quickly. But productivity is not just measured in terms of time; it is also measured in terms of quality.
Following OHS procedures means that you get the best results at a minimum amount of time, increasing productivity.
Safer work environment
With all the materials and equipment used in a construction site, you can just imagine how huge the risks are. Mishandling any piece of equipment in the worksite could lead to accidents not only to the person mishandling it, but also to the people around.
Not following OHS standards could also increase the possibility of illness. Too much paint, or dust, for example, could have a serious impact on anyone’s respiratory system.
With a solid set of OHS guidelines, workers are kept safe and well.
Less business costs and disruptions
For the business owner, as well as for the client waiting for the construction to finish, following OHS standards would mean lower costs and faster completion time. The smallest accidents could make operations stop in its tracks. And if you’ve worked in construction long enough, you’ll know that every second counts in meeting the timeline.
When a single worker is affected by illness or an accident, this could also mean a decrease in manpower, again, adding to the delay. OHS guidelines allows construction sites to avoid this.
A safe working environment means seamless processes. This is something that clients can easily observe. Just because they have no background in construction does not mean they do not know what’s efficient or not. Anybody will understand that the more accidents onsite, the more delays and wasted resources as well.
When clients see that everything is working well, they become more secure in the fact that they’re making the right choice. This means they will most likely recommend you to other clients and would want to work with you again in the future.
What happens when clients bring in more business? Of course, this would equate to better job security for everyone onsite.
Also, workers that meet less accidents and experience fewer illnesses are, overall, more productive. This makes them happier and more satisfied about the work that they do. And when your workers are happier, they can also ensure better quality in their output.
OHS standards are there for a reason. By following these guidelines, especially in a construction site, everybody feels the security – the construction firm, the workers, the clients, and the community.