Health and safety may not be the most fun of tasks, but it is probably the most important to keep up to date with. The measures are there to keep us safe in the workplace, therefore they must have the attention they deserve. HSE confirmed that there were 144 deaths in Great Britain alone during 2015-2016.
With our lives at risk, is there any better reason as to why risk assessments are so crucial?
- Legalities – It is a legal requirement for businesses with over 5 employees to have a written document identifying any hazards in the workplace, determining who could be harmed and how (relating to job role), recognise the risks and how you can control those specific risks, log the risk findings and implement safety measures.
- Cost – Not only could lack of health and safety measures increase the likelihood of a fatality, they can also increase costs for the business as they would have employee loss (which affects production), compensation claims and higher insurance premiums or even void premiums.
- Guidelines – As of the 1st of February 2016, courts are allowed to serve higher sentences (this includes both fines and jail time) to organisations who breach their health and safety legislation. Although there is the opportunity for large fines to be given, the court must take in to account company turnover. This means if a small company breaches legislation they will receive an appropriate fine amount depending on the severity of the breach and the company turnover.
The best way to avoid discipline for health and safety violations is to comply with all appropriate safety regulations. At OCD FM, we include regular Fire, Health and Safety Risks Assessments in our Facilities Management services so that our clients never compromise the safety of their staff or fail to comply with their legislative obligations. To find out more about the service we offer, call us on 01353 886 890 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org