Regardless of the undeniable improvement of health and safety practice in the UK, still too many cases of deaths and injuries are reported annually.
To prevent such occurrences, it is essential to look into the systems you have implemented for managing the health and safety of your staff. The measures will help to create a safer, healthier and a more productive environment.
It is well known that implementing health and safety measures is beneficial to every business. Guidelines do not only have a positive impact on your employees but also to the business at large. The performance of your business entirely depends on your employees’ performance. Therefore, putting in place effective health and safety measures should not be an option. Furthermore, it’s your legal duty to protect your workers from any form of harm when working on your business premises.
- Improves productivity and performance
Good health and safety measures can boost staff motivation and morale, which increases their productivity and performance. Additionally, you can enhance efficient work practices and lower operational costs. Therefore, you end up improving your profit margin and maintaining the overall business performance.
If you find that your business’s health and safety systems are a little unorganised, or would benefit from a spring clean, then you should consider using health and safety software. Some of the existing ones, designed to administer your health and safety policies can save hundreds of hours a year, and make your processes more efficient.
- Reduce costs
Effective health and safety policies help to reduce insurance costs, sick pay, legal costs, production delays, cost of staff turnover and workers compensation premiums. Thus, this will save your business a significant amount of money that can be utilised in other production functions.
- Protecting your employees
Ensuring employees’ health and safety shows that you are socially responsible for your workers. This will not only motivate them but will also give them the assurance that you care. There’s nothing greater than having your workers’ loyalty and commitment to the business success.
- Reduce absenteeism
Employees’ absenteeism can be costly to businesses. When your employees get hurt, take sick leaves and seek medical compensation to care for their treatments, you incur labour cost without enjoying the production. Putting in place efficient health and safety measures would save your business both the direct and indirect costs that are related to staff absenteeism.
- Retain staff
Another benefit of health and safety policies is that you can retain your staff for a longer period and this will save you both the time and cost of recruiting, training and placing new employees.
- Improve efficiency
To gain a competitive edge, you need not only a healthy and hardworking workforce but also a smart one. Healthy workers are fit to perform perfectly, and making them feel secure and satisfied allows them to think outside the box and come up with better strategies.
- Build your business reputation
It helps to enhance your brand value and business image. Everybody gains trust with your business including the stakeholders, clients, customers, and close associates.
In conclusion, implementing health and safety measures has a significant impact on your business. It doesn’t matter the size of your company or the workforce. It is always worth to repeat that good health and safety is good business.
Read British Safety Council research on business benefits of H&S here
James Hughes is freelance HR consultant at Effective Software
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