Calculating the True Cost of Safety Complacency in Your Operation

Learn how OSHA violations can impact your organization and how procurement can positively influence safety and regulatory compliance


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Accidents happen. Even the most diligent, safety conscious plant managers or safety officers have experienced an incident. Which means your safety program has to be “always on.”

With workplace safety in the spotlight, how does an accident or violation occur? The answer is often safety complacency… every activity and task performed at your facility has an associated level of risk. Workers perform the same tasks daily, this creates room for error and room for complacency to set in. Complacency is extremely hazardous, when workers are not mindful they often underestimate the level of risk in their routine or completely fail to be critical of changes in their environment.

It’s easy for workers to fall into these risky habits that, if uncorrected, can directly impact your organization’s bottom line. These unsafe practices can lead to expensive litigations, severe reputation issues, dreaded downtime, and hefty OSHA fines.

Why is this important to you? Since January 2015 to December 2016 The Department of Labor reported OSHA facility fines skyrocketing significantly over $100M. This does not include any fines under $40k, meaning, the actual sum of fines charged to facilities across the U.S. is even greater. You can understand the real cost of safety complacency by assessing the average and total fines issued for penalties in your state:



As procurement leaders you may not think safety culture falls into your responsibility, but you can influence safety in your facility.

Your supplier is an important cog in your safety machine. They partner with your facilities to ensure compliance with local, regional and national regulations that they are obligated to follow. In this manner your supplier partner enacts as an extension of your safety culture, while educating on and encouraging safety.

Procurement can directly affect facility safety culture by engaging a reputable, capable partner that will consult you on safety best practices across the entire operation to mitigate risks and protect your profits.


Regulations change often and can become increasingly difficult to stay on top of, Corporate United is proud to stay safe with Cintas. Make sure your facility is ready for the unexpected by contacting us to discuss our best-in-class First Aid & Safety program.

Help your facility avoid discovering the cost of complacency and becoming tomorrow’s statistic.

Source: United States Department of Labor

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Megan Urbas: Category Manager - Facilities at Corporate United
Megan is responsible for Category Management within the Facilities vertical. In this role, she serves as a category manager for Uniform & Facility Services, Fire Protection, First Aid & Safety, Branded Apparel, Total Waste Management, Material Handling and Small Parcel Solutions agreements. She works cross-functionally with stakeholders and suppliers to provide ongoing program support and implementation on existing and new growth categories. She also serves as a key advocate for Corporate United supplier relationships.