A safe working environment is one of the most essential requirements for factory workers. It is not just promising safety in physical work but also fixing deficiencies and helping solve work problems. Robert Lieb, a professor of Supply Chain Management at Northeastern University observes the situation of workplace safety in the foreign suppliers of the companies in the U.S.
According to Lieb, regulations enforcing workplace safety in factories are ignored by government bodies. There are also ways of corrupting reports of workers who face problems in order to prevent them from complaining. About blaming the companies of the U.S., Apple for not being able to consider the working environments in Chinese factories that manufacture their products, Lieb thinks that they should be held responsible. He says, “The contracts should specify what is and is not acceptable in those factories”.
Decreased production costs generally interfere with worker safety. Working in hazardous conditions is not justified if the employee is paid less. Such problems can be avoided with specific terms in contracts. Contracts should necessarily involve all those guidelines that promise an efficient and safe working environment. With this, organised visits from the officials will also help to examine the working conditions employed in the company.
Although consumers play an important role in developing sales, government agencies are the ones that affect and influence many issues. Lieb says that non-governmental organisations and industry associations take responsibility for focusing on problematic issues in work environments. It is due to their initiative that these conditions are visible and they attract the attention of authorities in companies and government.
Issues like workplace safety cannot be taken lightly. Any business, regardless of size, must have safety regulations and must be ready to handle any unforeseen circumstances in any area of the office as this becomes one of the most crucial and ethical responsibilities of manufacturing industries.