Why should Manufacturers comply with Health and Safety Protocols?

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According to the 2021 Profile of Occupational Health and Safety South Africa, only 44% of those in the manufacturing industry who were inspected for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) compliance in Q4 of 2019/2020 were found compliant.

This means that the majority of the 542 inspections were found lacking!

In fact, of the six sectors that were studied, manufacturing had the lowest compliance rate.

Manufacturing facilities are subject to various health and safety regulations imposed by the Department of Employment and Labour. Given that the primary goal of health and safety management is to protect workers from accidents, injuries, and occupational illnesses, doing so in manufacturing is crucial, with compliance equalling:

  1. Improved Employee Well-Being: Implementing safety protocols ensures that employees can perform their duties without fear of harm, thereby promoting their physical and mental well-being.
  2. Reduced Workplace Injuries: Providing proper training, identifying and managing potential hazards, and enforcing use of personal protective equipment helps to reduce the risk of workplace injuries. This leads to lower rates of accidents, which in turn decreases absenteeism and workers’ compensation costs.
  3. Increased Productivity: When employees feel secure and confident in their workplace, they are more likely to focus on their tasks, resulting in improved efficiency and output.
  4. Cost Savings: Fewer accidents mean fewer medical expenses, reduced workers’ compensation claims, avoiding fines and penalties, and lower costs associated with equipment damage, production disruptions and insurance premium increases.
  5. Enhanced Reputation: A commitment to health and safety demonstrates corporate responsibility. Companies that prioritise the well-being of their employees are likely to build a positive reputation within the industry and among customers, suppliers and regulatory bodies.
  6. Retention of Skilled and Experienced Workers: Employees are more likely to stay with a company that prioritises their safety, which means lower staff turnover and reduced costs of recruiting and training new personnel.
  7. Improved Morale and Employee Engagement: Employees who feel that their well-being is valued by their employer, are likely to have higher morale and engagement levels. The result is increased teamwork, innovation, and overall job satisfaction.
  8. Sustainability: By reducing negative impacts on the environment and ensuring the well-being of employees, manufacturers contribute to the long-term sustainability of their operations and the industry.


Prioritising health and safety in manufacturing makes good business sense. It not only safeguards the well-being of workers, but also contributes to operational efficiency, legal compliance and positive business outcomes.

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