I constantly blog about the various ways safety programs help to control costs and add value to any organization’s bottom line, but I was involved in a situation earlier this week that shed new light on this topic.
I received a phone call from a man who owned a small construction company. Until now, he was involved almost entirely in residential work but he had just finished his first big commercial project. After he completed the work, he submitted an invoice for the agreed upon amount. Imagine his reaction when he was told that his invoice wasn’t going to be paid, because he had never submitted a written AWAIR program as he was required by the contract to do.
He called me and asked if I could help. We spent an hour or two on the phone together, discussing the AWAIR law, and its requirements, and collecting information about his company. I shaped the information into the form of an AWAIR program that met OSHA’s and the general contractor’s requirements. I emailed the documents to him later the same day, and he submitted them to the contractor, who then paid his invoice.
His small investment (about $250) in safety consulting fees, enabled him to submit and collect a big invoice.
Too many companies think of safety programs as an expense or a cost. They think that they need these programs solely to satisfy a regulatory requirement. But their value extends well beyond satisfying a basic level of compliance. Smart business owners and managers look for the return on investment in everything they do.
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