Every person who leaves for work in the morning should expect to return home at night in good health. Although health and safety is a legal obligation for all employers, it has advantages in producing greater productivity and loyalty. Having a safe workplace is a key element to developing a good working culture.
The importance of having a good occupational health and safety management system
A serious workplace injury or death changes lives forever. Human loss and suffering is immeasurable. The affect is far reaching for families, friends, communities, and colleagues. In addition to dealing with the injury itself, the financial burdens placed on the injured colleague can be immense.
As an employer, if a colleague is injured in the workplace, it can cost the company in lost hours and loss of productivity plus compensation. Colleagues will also feel unsettled after the incident.
Creating a safe and healthy workplace should be part of the fabric of running the company. By implementing a good occupational health and safety management system, you engender trust from your colleagues, visitors and business partners.
By involving colleagues in occupational health and safety decisions and training, your organisation demonstrates that their opinion matters greatly and you prove that you care about their welfare. Colleagues will often respond by taking pride in their work, remain loyal to your organisation and work harder.
A safe workplace is often a more efficient one because processes have been thought about. The workplace is kept tidy, free of tripping hazards and operates as a clean, efficient working environment.
This leads to a more productive and happy workplace that employees want to be part of. This in turn leads to improved results for the organisation.
Occupational health and safety management certification
ISO 45001:2018 Occupational health and safety management systems, is a new standard which will provide a framework for organisations to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world.
Certification to ISO 45001 can be a useful tool to demonstrate that you meet its criteria. If you are already certified to (BS) OHSAS 18001, and while it is a very different standard, you will already have some of the necessary tools and systems in place to implement ISO 45001.
Download our Introduction to ISO 45001:2018 document.
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