Last month we looked at why a H&S management system is important. This week we’ll take a closer look at what sort of things are in a H&S management system, the kind of issues that it will need to address.
So, for starters, the sort of things that you'll need to consider would be:
Why you should use ISO 45001 as your Health & Safety Management System
Workplace accidents and injuries significantly damage the productivity and efficiency of your operations. Studies have estimated that for every £1 of direct costs incurred in treating and providing disability benefits to an injured employee, employers incur an additional £4 in indirect costs, such as management time spent investigating and handling the claim, lost productivity of the injured worker, hiring and retraining a replacement employee, associated property damage and more.
The cumulative consequences of injuries and accidents are sobering. Such incidents seriously affect bottom-line profit by adding unnecessary costs to your operations and subjecting your company to potential fines and penalties. These costs can range from tens to hundreds of thousands of pounds, depending on the size and scope of your business.
In fact, in February 2016, the H&S punishments regime was considerably beefed up - when the court embarks on its consideration of the appropriate financial penalty, it is required to consider a number of separate steps including:
Courts expect full financial accounts to be served and will consider wider financial information such as details of director remuneration, assets, loans, etc, to establish a clear picture of the company’s financial resources. The guidelines are clear - the fine must be sufficiently substantial to have a real economic impact and bring home to management and any shareholders the need to comply with health and safety legislation.
The need for putting in an OHSMS has never been greater, and ISO 45001 fits the bill perfectly. Once your organisation has embraced the need to prioritise workplace safety, the standard gets you to focus on two interrelated, yet distinctly different, objectives: compliance and accident prevention.
Many organisations, however, make the mistake of limiting their efforts to this first objective, and neglect the second, much greater, challenge: accident prevention. A successful workplace safety programme requires that an organisation address and achieve both objectives.
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