Three good reasons for managing health and safety

20 February 2017

Can managing health and safety make my business successful?

A question that has probably been thought about by managers and senior figures in their organisation, but whether it made it as an agenda item at the monthly meeting is arguable.

So let me give you the reasons how managing health and safety can make you more successful.

Health and Safety

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

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

Bear in mind the new sentencing guidelines for all prosecutions that came out early last year, we have already seen huge rises in prosecutions and fines for company directors for failing their workforce in health and safety. For example, The Merlin group, the owners of Alton Towers were fined £5million for a safety failing that resulted in two people suffering amputations following the ‘Smiler’ ride incident. Smaller businesses are seeing more six-figure fines for minimal safety breaches because the potential of harm was much greater than the incident that occurred.

So if you don’t have an internally competent person who can help support your health and safety management, you must seek the advice from an expert external to your business, such as those employed at Quest, call 0333 240 7208 and ask to speak with a member of our team about your needs.

Meet the Quest Experts

Hema Mistry

Head of Operations

Hema draws her expert specialist knowledge from a broad range of industries, including employment advisory and consultancy services, retail, manufacturing and leisure. She is MCIPD qualified. This experience enables her to quickly understand how organisations operate, how to interact with their business leaders and to deliver effective, commercial and practical solutions. Hema complements the team bringing a calm yet determined and tenacious approach to help keep a sharp focus on core objectives.

Andy Hooke

Health, Safety & Training Business Partner

Andy is NEBOSH and NCRQ trained and a technical member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH), he is also a qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Andy is often found studying the latest updates to legislation to keep his knowledge up to date and provide the best advice. He has a passion for health and safety and experience in a range of environments from large corporates to small business, Andy is well placed to support you in all your health and safety needs.

Jill Colston

HR and Training Business Partner

Having started a career as a police officer; Jill changed careers to HR & Training dealing with Equality & Diversity in the workplace. Jill has over 15 years’ experience in HR, working in the UK, Europe and Australia. Jill is passionate about Diversity, Inclusion and HR and has supported companies in managing their HR and training needs. She has a wealth of expertise across HR, dealing with challenging casework, TUPE transfers, redundancies, company restructure projects, mediation, training, organisational development systems, equality and diversity. Jill has worked in a variety of industries including; logistics, insurance, manufacturing, healthcare and the travel industry.

Arti Patel

HR Business Partner

Arti has developed her HR knowledge and experience from both operational and outsourced consultancy-based HR positions. Arti provides support and advice on a range of HR matters including employee relations casework, managing redundancies, disciplinary matters, and appraisals. Her background includes working for medium to large organisations in various industries.

Jatinder Tara

Advice Line Team Leader

Jatinder is qualified non-practising Solicitor, he has over 22 years advisory experience in Employment law, HR matters and Employment Tribunal litigation. He manages the legal and HR advice line team ensuring the delivery of advice is effective verbally and in correspondence. He has experience in training and coaching work colleagues in all aspects of legal and employment matters. With his sound understanding of issues arising with in the workplace environment, Jatinder aims to deliver clear and concise client focused advice.

Anoop Sodhi

HR Employment Relations Advisor

Anoop is an experienced HR Advisor and is part of the Telephone Advice Line Team. Anoop has worked in both the public and private sector, providing Employment Law advice ranging from grievances, disciplinaries, performance management, attendance management and mediation. Anoop is a trained mediator and provides down to earth, pragmatic, commercial advice. Outside of work, Anoop actively participates as a CIPD Board Member of East Midlands.

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