Good Health and Safety – Key to a Successful Business
For any business looking to grow and succeed, health and safety should remain a top priority. Whether you’re running a fairly low-risk business, or one whose team is dealing with dangerous tasks daily, you should always follow good health and safety practices. If you don’t, you risk reputational damage, fines, legal fees, and worse still, injury to employees, customers, or others.
There will be businesses whose health and safety needs are higher than others. Take a newly established business – they may need to spend more time on health and safety processes than a more established one.
The question you will know want to think about is who is going to be responsible for your health and safety management? Ensuring that all health and safety procedures are correctly implemented often lies with the responsibility of the employer. However, top management, depending on the nature and size of the company, may delegate this responsibility to a Health and Safety Manager. But not all organisations have the resource, need or budget to manage all their health and safety in-house. Many opt for health and safety consultants.
In this article, we will share reasons why you should consider a health and safety consultant for your organisation.
1. Find Opportunities to Improve
Business owners can often be too close to their company to identify gaps in health and safety policies, procedures, and provisions. As top management within the company, it is unlikely that you are also a health and safety expert, and if you’re both… well, consider yourself extremely lucky!
By utilising the services of a health and safety consultant, you will be presented with a report of all the gaps, and areas for you to improve upon. Understanding where you fall short of compliance with relevant regulations is going to be very valuable, as it gives you the opportunity to address the issues and correct them.
2. Retain Employees and Attract New Ones
If you have poor health and safety procedures in place, and lots of gaps, don’t be surprised when your employees decide they don’t want to stick around. By demonstrating your duty of care for your staff, they are more likely to feel valued and more productive, especially if you invest in their wellbeing and training opportunities. By doing so, you’ll find they are more loyal, and as a result of employee retention, you’ll save thousands on recruitment.
When it comes to further expansion of the company, and the need to fill more roles, you will attract quality candidates who also care about good health and safety practices.
3. Develop a Proactive Approach
In their early stage, many businesses can become consumed with other things, and all too often health and safety are at the bottom of the to-do list and is neglected. It is usually too late before they have realised there is a breach of health and safety legislation, and by this point, the damage is done and can sometimes be fatal.
By hiring a health and safety consultant to work with your organisation, you can develop a proactive agile plan, as opposed to becoming reliant on a reactive approach. Identify gaps as early as possible so that you don’t have to deal with the repercussions of a disaster that has already occurred.
Getting Started with ISO
If you want to make safety a priority and ensure your employees are not at risk, then becoming certified in ISO 45001 may be for you.
Candy Management Consultants are a team of friendly experts who operate within the Health and Safety and ISO industries. All our consultants have a minimum of 15 years’ experience, and we have an 100% success rate to date.