Bounce Back Opportunities 101-“Health and Safety is a Business Issue”

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 Bounceback Opportunities 101“Health and Safety is a Business Issue” Health and Safety is important because it protects the well being of employees, employers, visitors and customers. Looking after Health and Safety makes good business sense. Workplaces which neglect health and safety risk prosecution, may lose staff, and may increase costs and reduce profitability. 

Employers have legal obligations to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for their employees in the first instance and also for anyone else.   

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7 Steps to Improving Workplace Health and Safety 
1. Create a Plan for Improving Health and Safety.
2. Inspect Your Workplace.
3.Train Your Employees. …
4. Keep an Open Dialogue
5. Investigate Accidents.
6. Maintain Records.
7. Make Improving Health and Safety a Key Part of Business.

We have three very good reasons to manage health and safety in the workplace:

Moral reasons 
We should not be letting employees become ill or injured in the workplace. It costs society upwards of £14 billion every year to help people recover from workplace accidents. We all know we have to provide a safe place to work, but once we have ticked the box, that doesn’t mean we can simply ignore it afterwards. We have to ensure everyone is on board with our safe working methods, getting them involved in policy making, risk management and developing safe working procedures will ensure they are fully engaged in our methods.

Financial reasons
There can be some investment responsibilities here, but if we measure the ‘cost versus the consequence’ we can determine the level of financial investment required. This can include training courses, newer and better work equipment or machines, or by simple information, instruction and supervision that doesn’t have to cost the earth can make a big difference to help towards working safely and efficiently.

Any accident in the workplace will have a financial consequence, a small accident can result in lost time to the business which can inadvertently affect productivity and profits. Investigation time can take people away from their normal day to day job, people may need to be trained to replace the injured person, others may have to increase their workload to cover the injured person and so we can see how we come up with the £14 billion figure.

Legal reasons
We have to follow statute law, the Acts and Regulations derived by Parliament that are provided for us to set our own health and safety objectives and follow to ensure we are meeting the compliance needs of legislation and to avoid criminal and/or civil prosecutions and convictions.

The employer is legally responsible for welfare, health and safety in the workplace and we use the term, ‘so far as is reasonably practicable,’ which is why we can set our own objectives otherwise known as ‘goal-setting’ safety management, so as long as what we do is compliant, our workplaces should be safe places to work.
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