Published: | Updated: November 8, 2018

Definition - What does Safety mean?

Safety is a concept that includes all measures and practices taken to preserve the life, health, and bodily integrity of individuals.

In the workplace, safety is measured through a series of metrics that track the rate of near misses, injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. In order to improve these metrics, employers and safety officials must also conduct investigations following any incident to ensure that all safety protocols and measures are being followed or to implement new ones if needed.

Safeopedia explains Safety

Ensuring the safety of workers is both necessary and beneficial for any organization. Regulatory bodies such as OSHA and the NFPA mandate a variety of safety measures employers must take and have the authority to impose fines if their investigations reveal a violation of these standards.

Safety is also beneficial for all organizations since, in addition to avoiding costly fines, it ensures increased productivity, better morale, and fewer lost work days.

This definition was written in the context of Occupational Health and Safety
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