The Hidden Benefits of Health and SafetyPosted on: 17/12/2015
In every manufacturing and service industry in the UK,
organisations exist to successfully deliver goods which must return a profit to
the business. The primary objective of management, particularly in the modern competitive
and cost-conscious environment, is to achieve these goals.
Any activity which conflicts with an organisation’s key objective
of making profit – and thereby not directly contributing to the efficient
provision of running a business - can sometimes be viewed by management as
non-productive, only adding cost. It is all too often the case that health and
safety is viewed in this regard, which is where the misunderstanding lies.
The primary purpose of implementing robust health and safety
policies, procedures and processes is to ensure that all employees and everyone
affected by a company’s operations does so free from harm. Ultimately health
and safety’s aim is to ensure everyone goes home safely at the end of each day.
The health and safety policy is the driving document upon
which firm foundations of good safety management are built. The policy provides a structure in which
control can be effectively managed, whilst giving comfort to employees that
their work practices are properly planned and managed.
There is also a hidden benefit of health and safety which
when realised, is just as valuable. For example, one contractor embraced
lifting technology together with health and safety requirements to move 1400
plasterboards over 2 upper floors, and reduced labour costs, manual handling
risks and time on their programme. This contractor saved £9000 on just one
There are many ways to make health and safety work in your
favour, whether by proactively promoting your business or protecting its very
existence in times of adversity. Best practice tells us that the first step to
a successful business operation is implementing a carefully considered, fit for
purpose health and safety policy.