A good work environment is not only a legal requirement and essential to the well-being of personnel. It also reduces costs and increases productivity. Due to the complex routines and working conditions of foundries, many regulations of the Swedish Work Environment Authority apply and must be followed in order to achieve a good environment.
Work environment and competitive advantage
The fact that foundries are more risk-filled than workplaces in other branches is reflected in the accident statistics of the Swedish Work Environment Authority. For an individual represented in those statistics, the consequences include suffering and perhaps a lifelong negative impact on life quality.
For the foundry involved, the consequences can include higher costs due to production stops, damage to equipment, and to employee absence, rehabilitation or replacement.
Investments in better safety have positive effects on work environment, which in turn lead to increased motivation and performance of the workforce.