Part of running a business involves ensuring that it is compliant with local, state and federal regulations. Unfortunately, regulatory compliance is never easy to manage.
Non-compliance with the regulatory requirements happens when the organization falls short of the applicable policies, laws and standards. Examples of these may include:
- Failure to provide workers with personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Failure to obtain the right licenses
- Failure to implement workplace safety procedures
- Insufficient operational administrations
So what happens when you do not comply with regulatory requirements?
From lost production to injured workers, property damage and legal action, the consequences of regulatory non-compliance can be quite costly. Here are three repercussions you might have to deal with if your organization is non-compliant with the regulatory requirements:
Consequences of non-compliance can take multiple forms such as fines, suspended production approval and limitations on your activities. Even if your organization is not punished, an investigation by the enforcement authorities can cost the organization several work hours as well as potential contractor and legal fees.
Besides the fines, regulatory non-compliance can lead to financial losses to the organization through workers’ compensation settlements should your employees die or sustain injuries at work.
A ruined reputation
Public knowledge of non-compliance can cause serious problems to your business’ reputation. Even if you were enjoying a positive reputation, a single incident can ruin your hard work and impact your organization’s bottom line.
Jail time for regulatory breaches is not uncommon. For instance, willfully cooking the organization’s books to lie to investors or regulators can cause problems. Likewise, violating anti-money laundering regulations can lead to imprisonment.
The importance of compliance with existing regulations cannot be overstated. Find out how you can ensure that your business adheres to the set regulations.