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Health and Safety in the workplace is essential in order to reduce costs and risks, lower employee absence and turnover rates. When a company is non-compliant with their health and safety the risk could be astronomical to a company’s bank balance, due to the threat of legal action or a damaged reputation impacting on future business opportunities.
28.2 million working days were lost to work-related illness and workplace injury in 2018/2019 (HSE.gov.uk) which can be avoided if legislation is followed and accidents documented accurately at the time of incident. Just think what you could do with money saved on Health and Safety within the workplace, it could be the make or break of a company. It is an important part of business and should not be ignored.
Costs to Great Britain of workplace injuries and new cases of work-related Ill Health – 2017/18 – HSE.gov.uk
According to HSE.gov.uk in 2018/2019 1.4 million people suffered from a work-related illness which is a staggering £15 billion of estimated costs of injuries and ill health. More data from the HSE claims that business paid an average of £115,440 in fines when found guilty of a health and safety breach in 2016. Being compliant in health and safety for the workplace could save a company a substantial amount of money as there are reduced risks associated with employee illness or accidents. With the correct compliance in health and safety is has been known to reduce sickness and time lost through accidents as well as increase performance of staff and staff morale.
Legislation – there to be adhered to
The government has certain legislation in place in order to assist companies to become compliant in health and safety, saving lives and lowering costs. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety and outlines that adequate training of staff is imperative as well a safe working environment where operations within it are conducted safely. RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) is an important one as there was 69,208 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR in 2018/2019 (HSE.gov.uk). Reporting said injuries helps companies to see where they have difficulties in their health and safety and can prompt them to act in order to reduce the risk of said accidents happening again in the future. They can pinpoint when and where accidents are taking place and put in measures to reduce the risk to their employees. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002 is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health. The control of Asbestos Regulations - In 2017 there were 2,526 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposure therefore being compliant in COSHH could save someone’s life. Finally, the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999 puts outlines what employers must do to ensure that risks are identified and assessed in order to reduce them and there are certain measures put in place to reduce costs, better spent elsewhere.
How do I get help?
At Abbott Rose Consulting Ltd (ARC) we are experienced in compliance when it comes to Health and Safety and could potentially save your company a lot of time and money. We can assist with policies, processes and procedures, manuals, risk assessments, inspections and much more. We are here to make your life easier and if we can save you money, we will do everything we can to help.
Working in a safe environment not only increases productivity, because employees are healthier, happier and better motivated, but it is better for a company’s bottom line. Want to save some money? Get in contact with us today and with over 20 years’ experience under our belt, we will assist you and potentially save your company from costly mistakes.