What are the benefits of complying with environmental and health & safety law?

Blog Post by Karen Wallis 23 April 2015

15 consequences of non-compliance

Organisations have a duty to comply with environmental and health & safety laws and regulations that apply to their activities. Given the complexity of many laws and regulations that already exist, and the number of new laws coming into force all the time, this can pose quite a challenge.

Wouldn’t it be easier to just not bother and ignore it all? Maybe, but before you decide that’s the route you want to go down, carefully consider the potential consequences of breaking the law and being found non-compliant, such as:

  • Criminal prosecution.
  • Closure of business.
  • Fines.
  • Prison sentences.
  • Clean-up costs.
  • Payment of compensation.
  • Stop notices.

And they’re just the direct consequences – what about all those indirect impacts that come along later? This can be:

  • Increased insurance premiums.
  • Reduced credit rating.
  • Negative publicity.
  • Damaged brand / image / reputation.
  • Loss of business.
  • Loss of potential new clients.
  • Inability to attract and recruit new staff.
  • Reduced share value.

Doesn’t sound very nice to me, can your organisation afford to take the risk?

Let’s turn all of that doom and gloom on its head, because being an organisation that takes its responsibilities seriously, and ensures compliance with legislation, can reap the rewards of enhanced reputation. Your business can increase attractiveness to prospective employees, reduce insurance premiums, retention of existing clients and opportunities to win new business, to name but a few. Now that sounds far more like it to me!

Don’t know where to start with identifying what legislation applies to your activities and what you need to do to comply? Why not start by looking at:

www.hse.gov.uk

www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency

We’d love to hear your top tips for keeping up to date with legislation or any questions you might have on how to do it, so get in touch via the comments box below.

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