Why a Health & Safety Review should be top of your wish list

When you hear the term ‘wish list’, your immediate thought might be the excessive amount of items waiting in your Amazon shopping basket, the countries you’ve been yearning to visit for the last 10 years, or perhaps the endless home improvements needed to make that dream space a reality.

The truth is the term ‘wish list’ can have a different meaning depending on a person’s priorities. If you’re in the health and safety game however, then it’s quite likely your focus is going to be – Health and Safety. If that’s the case – and hopefully it is – then a Health and Safety Review should be at the top of your wish list. Why?

The main purpose of a Health & Safety review is to make sure businesses comply with safety legislation including the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974 and the Regulations made under this Act. But beyond this, it’s much more than just a box ticking exercise or a defensive measure. A review can also bring many positive benefits, enabling your business to protect its employees and customers from harm, regardless of size or sector. To give a little more clarity we’ve put together a list to highlight the key benefits of undertaking a health and safety review:

Protect your staff

Effective health and safety practices will help your business protect your staff from injury and as a result, retain skilled and loyal employees, saving the time and costs involved in recruiting and training a new member of staff. Protecting your staff will help prevent the following:

  • Back pain and other MSDs
  • Injuries from slips, trips and falls
  • Accidents involving vehicles at work
  • Aches, pains and strain from using DSE
Reduce absences and sick leave

Another benefit of good health and safety measures at work is that employees are less likely to take sick leave, saving your business the direct and indirect costs of staff absence.

Reputation

Good health and safety measures will help you to build a positive reputation with your clients and staff and their associates. The resulting good public relations could help to increase sales and generate more leads.

Productivity and profits

Good health and safety measures mean that your staff can do their work more easily and safely. This will boost morale, increase productivity and reduce costs.

Save insurance and legal costs

A good standard of health and safety in the workplace can reduce your insurance premiums, as well as the costs of accidents that aren’t covered by your insurance, such as sick pay, production delays or repairs to plant or equipment.

If you’re interested in learning more about our Health & Safety Review, ISO 45001 or any of our other occupational safety audits we have available, you can contact us on 0121 248 2233, email or view them on our website.

 

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