Health and safety management systems, such as those accredited to BS OHSAS 18001, offer a range of benefits to an organisation; we’re seeing more and more companies deciding to implement one and get certified. But why should you consider it too?
My top 5 reasons are:
1. To improve your legal compliance
Organisations need to be aware of legislation and ensure that they keep up-to date to remain compliant. Breaches of legislation can lead to expensive fines and prosecutions, which all businesses want to avoid. Using a health and safety management system can help ensure that your business commits to compliance and communicates requirements through the business to all employees.
2. To improve your reputation
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that people like businesses that comply with the law and keep people safe whilst they're at work. I’m certain you don’t want to be part of the next headline about a company whose employees were injured whilst trying to do their job. It happens more than you might think.
3. To minimise risk to your employees
Making sure employees are safe is crucial to the function of your business. Taking steps to minimise any risk to your staff shows that you're a responsible employer.
4. To improve productivity
Less accidents = less down time = a more efficient business. Productivity can also be increased through improved health and safety practices because of less sickness and absence.
5. To win more business
Having a certified health and safety management system can often be an essential requirement for businesses in tenders, and customers may also demand it from their suppliers. You don’t want to miss out on that all important contract opportunity, so being one step ahead and having a certified system in place makes sense.
There are many, many more benefits but I hope these 5 have already got you thinking about how you manage health and safety and whether you should implement a management system. Health and safety is good for you, your employees and your customers so it’s a no-brainer, really.
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