Why is it important? – It’s good to know the benefits, so we’ve listed 10 reasons why health and safety is important.
It is morally right to ensure your workers return home safe and healthy at the end of every working day. By protecting your workers, you reduce absences, ensuring that your workplace is more efficient and productive, Research shows that workers are more productive in workplaces that are committed to health and safety. Reducing down-time caused by illness and accidents means less disruption – and saves your business money, In some countries, health and safety legislation is criminal law and you are legally obliged to comply with it. Legal breaches can result in prosecution, fines and even imprisonment of senior executives. To attract investors and partnerships you may need to demonstrate your commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility, which will include how you protect your workers. Increasingly, customers want to buy products and services that are produced ethically – so you also need to think about the work practices throughout your supply chain and deal only with ethical suppliers that protect their workforce. More and more, job hunters – particularly Millennials and Generation Z – seek roles with employers who share their values, so without strong corporate responsibility and sustainability practices you may struggle to attract or retain the best employees, A good health and safety record is a source of competitive advantage : it builds trust in your reputation and brand, while poor health and safety performance will directly affect profitability and can result in loss of trade or even closure of the business. Good health and safety at work secures long-term benefits for you, your business and the wider community.
What are health and safety risks of a company?
Some examples of workplace risks include a noisy work environment, unacceptable behaviour from a co-worker, a slip hazard, or faulty electrical equipment. It is your duty as an employer to provide a safe working environment for all workers by identifying and managing risks in the workplace.
What are 3 examples of business risks?
The Takeaway – Business owners face a variety of business risks, including financial, cybersecurity, operational, and reputational. However, they can take proactive measures to prevent or mitigate risk while continuing to seize opportunities for growth, To learn more about the benefits of risk management planning read, “5 Hidden Benefits of Risk Management.”
What is an example of a health and safety risk?
What does a risk assessment include? – Risks need to be considered in all aspects of the working environment. Here are some examples of the things that should be included in a risk assessment:
Hazards: electrical safety, fire safety, manual handling, hazardous substances, risk factors for repetitive strain injury, stress, violence, infectious diseases (COVID-19); Tasks: cleaning with chemical substances, maintenance work or dealing with the public; Organisational factors: staffing policies, systems of work, equipment-purchasing policies, consultation and participation, management techniques or working hours, shift patterns, lone working;
If you have a concern about health and safety, or if you are worried that your employer is not taking measures to prevent or minimise risk, contact your safety rep as soon as possible,