Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

June 2012    |    Volume: 44    |    Number: 6

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and Engineers

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Stop doing things dangerously

High performance work systems can increase employee safety 

By Zachary M. Leffakis and Ronald Schoff

Businesses implement occupa-tional safety programs to ensure an industrial environment free from dangerous working conditions to prevent employee injuries and deaths. Generally, such programs assess safety risks in the workplace and maintain regulatory and legal requirements. Implementing these programs is essential to the health of employees and the financial well-being of the business. Conversely, unsafe working conditions have been shown to hamper employee health, morale, performance and the overall competitiveness of business.

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