Effective Health & Safety Management Contributes to Business Success
GEMMA COLLINS DOYLE
It is true to say that most SME’s may not have the resources to manage Health and Safety, in the same way that large companies and corporations do. In saying that, this is no excuse for having a poor level of Health and Safety management in your workplace. You may not have a resident Health & Safety expert on site, but you do have many resources at your fingertips. For example, fully qualified EHS Consultants, online EHS training, classroom training and publications can all help you on your journey to full health and safety compliance. Many companies find it helpful to hire a consultant on a retainer basis, to ensure they are keeping compliant with legislation and carry out an audit every time they visit. This is great peace of mind for any owner/manager within an SME and something EazySAFE can help arrange for you. “The positive effect that health and safety management has on SME’s is very real. The pros far outweigh the cons.”
Can you put your hand on your heart right now and say that this is the case within your company? The consequences of not managing Health and Safety within your company, begins with the most serious one…loss of life. It is as stark and real as that. As an employer, it is your duty (moral and legal) to ensure that you have done everything in your power to protect each and every one of your employees and anyone else who is affected by your business.
If not, it is never too late to put a system in place that will comply with the legal and moral obligations that your company has when it comes to health and safety. Don’t waste any more time worrying about what’s not done, but instead put a plan in place for 2017 to tackle the priorities on your health and safety “to do list”.
Alongside the possible loss of life, the other factors that could affect your company negatively, if H&S is not managed correctly:
- Lost time costs
- Property damage
- Insurance hikes
- Legal proceedings
- Compensation claims
- Damage to your brand and company image
The positive effect that health and safety management has on SME’s is very real. The pros far outweigh the cons:
- Happier, healthier employees
- Reduced possibility of accidents
- Lower insurance premiums
- Reduced/no lost days
- Cost savings
- A safer workplace for everyone
There is clear evidence that effective health and safety management contributes to overall business success. Health and safety should be and needs to be viewed with the same business eyes as any other part of your company, on an even par, not something that is an afterthought. This is how your company will excel in health and safety, it is not beyond you, just because you are an SME, it is easily within your grasp!