6 Benefits of the Best Safety Management System

A safety management system (SMS) helps organizations manage their workplace risks. The functions of an SMS can include hazard reporting, document management, safety training management, and compliance with local safety laws. Occupational health and safety regulations change depending on where a company operates and based on the business sector or specific role of a worker. Under these changing regulations, managing safety can become a challenge. Ideally, an SMS must meet the specific requirements of each organization. These are determined by local regulations, but also by internal company policies.

The consequences of ignoring safety in a workplace can be severe, especially in heavy industries. Even if there are no injuries and fatalities in an accident, companies can face lawsuits for not following regulations. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes annual data about workplace accidents, and the latest figures for 2019 included 888,200 reported cases of injuries and work-related diseases, where employees had to leave the workplace to recover.

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