The Costs of Not Implementing Health and Safety in Your Business

The 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act indicate that employers have to ensure safety and health measures are effectively in place. This is to make sure every visitor and employee at the organization’s premises is not at any risk. It also indicates that the employer is responsible for the costs of not implementing health and safety systems in their business. As a result, lots of organizations see the safety standards as one huge task without knowing that if the right health and safety approach is followed a very productive environment for everyone can be created. Essentially, if these standards are not implemented by businesses, the cost can be humongous in many ways.

Cost is huge

If health and safety concerns are not addressed your organization should expect a lot of expenses. This includes high costs of running the business, heightened risks for everyone, from the employees, managers to the visitor on site. Simultaneously, employee absence will increase as a result of injuries and work related sickness, including an increase in turnover rates.  Accidents should also be expected to go up at the workplace since no one cares and it will just a matter of time before another employee or visitor is taken to the hospital critically injured and corporate manslaughter might just set in.

The threat of legal action and heavy costly fines also increases with every day that follows zero implementation of health and safety standards and audits in the business. It should also be expected that the great standing existing with partners and suppliers will be lost while the warm reputation among customers, investors and communities dies down. The productivity of the company goes down as the employees become less healthy, unhappy and de-motivated. They have no motivation to wake up early every morning to come to work and give their all since they do not know whether they will be injured next.

These costs can be avoided

Through a proper implementation of health and safety audits and management any organisation can avoid all these costs. This includes a health and safety policy tailored for your business including provision of recommendations and reference material if needed, for instance signage in case required. Risk assessment is done by a trained eye able to spot any anomaly or danger while constant professional effectiveness and efficiency reviews of the health and safety systems ensures the company has complied perfectly with the current law and improvements done if needed.

Implementation of health and safety also comes with training for every employee who is taught how to maintain safety and to work safely through bespoke training programmes. In case of policies and procedures for the organisation you can have it with the implementation of health and safety systems in your business.

Through a qualified health and safety auditing services such as Prince’s Consulting, an encompassing service is provided to ensure the company has complied with every relevant safety and health legislation with very little stress and inconvenience,  while informing the business of any legislation change.

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Benefits of Quality Management System Accreditation

A quality management system is a system that is completely focused on meeting customer quality requirements on design, development and delivery of a product or service through a set of standardised business processes. Implementing a quality management system demonstrates to your employees, customers and other stakeholders that you are committed to quality and customer satisfaction as well as continuous improvement.

Does your company have a quality management system today? If not, there’s no time like the present to get started – and little time to waste.

ISO quality management systems

The International Standards Organisation (ISO) quality management system standards are the most widely recognised in the world. An ISO certified quality management system will benefit your company in a multitude of ways. Internally, you will have increased efficiency, better supplier relationships, consistent documentation and increased customer satisfaction. Externally, you will have a stamp of approval to tell the world that your quality management system is top-notch in an internationally recognisable way.

Part of the certification for ISO quality management is documentation of your company’s processes and procedures. That means you will have to look at them, and think about them – and in many cases, you will see flaws and improve them. Better processes lead to increased efficiency and increased efficiency leads to increased profit.

Another part of the ISO quality management system is increased testing of materials and evaluation of suppliers. The feedback you are able to give your suppliers through these new processes will clarify expectations and increase communication, leading to mutually beneficial improvements in your supplier relationship.

An ISO quality management system is all about quality and today’s customers demand quality from the products they buy. Implementing a system that ensures a higher level of quality will increase your customer satisfaction beyond measure.

Implementation

A quality management system is, without a doubt, something any company can benefit from and every company should have. Although certification is the right direction to go, the road can be complicated if you are not familiar with it. Standards are complex and frequently updated. Certification requires frequent compliance audits and immense amounts of documentation. Seeking help from a proven consulting firm that has expertise in quality management systems simplifies the process exponentially.

Firms that specialise in quality management systems know what you need to do and will expertly guide you through each step. Some firms will even handle the entire system for you from implementation to compliance audits. They make it easy for you to be the best.

Not only will outsourcing your quality management system to a consulting firm simplify the process for you, but it will also save you money both long and short term. In the early stages, you won’t have to go back and re-do work as you learn more about the regulations during implementation. Later, you won’t have to worry about the cost of losing certification due to incorrect maintenance because you will have a team of experts to ensure your continued success.

Choosing the Right Consultants

You’ve decided to outsource some of your work to a consulting firm. This is a big decision and it’s one that you did not come to lightly. You didn’t just wake up one day and decide to outsource; there was planning and researching and evaluating. The next step is to decide where to send the work to. It may sound like a simple task, but choosing the wrong consulting firm can quickly undo all of the careful planning that was put into the initial decision to outsource. As you are evaluating the options, consider things like skills, knowledge, experience and references.

Skills and expertise

The knowledge that you need your consulting firm to have will depend upon the nature of your project. For example, if you are interested in outsourcing your Quality Management System, you will want a company that specializes in international standards and documentation. If you are interested in outsourcing your company’s safety program, you’ll look for a company that specializes in Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations and emergency medical knowledge. Keep your project in mind when you compile the list of consulting firms that you want to investigate.

Some more general skills to look for are attention to detail, clear communication, project planning, deadline management and timely follow up. The list is very similar to what you would look for in a direct employee for a position that does not have much direct supervision.

Experience and references

A proven track record is key when it comes to evaluating experience. A consulting firm can say they are experts in anything and everything. Make them prove it to you by providing a list of customers that they have worked for in the past as well as the nature of the projects that they worked on with them. If the firm is good at what they do, the will have no problem with providing the name and phone number or email address of their key contact for the project as a reference. When you contact the customers of the consulting firm, ask specific questions about turnaround time, communication and their satisfaction with the results.

When to keep looking

Choosing the right consulting firm for you can be hard, but there are some red flags that help make it easier to spot the wrong one. A consulting firm that does not return your calls promptly or is habitually late for meetings is one to strike from your list. These are clear signs that they are unreliable. If they are not responsive during the interview phase, it will only get worse after they are hired and it will cause problems for your project.

A consulting firm that consistently presents ideas that do not fulfill your clearly defined needs is another one to remove from consideration. A good consulting firm will listen to your needs, take notes, ask intelligent questions and come back with solutions for you, not for them.

One final red flag is a consulting firm that is all smiles and roses throughout project discussions. If they are not helping you identify potential problems, they’re not really taking ownership in the project. A consulting firm that really wants your project to succeed will point out possible issues and take time to make sure you both agree that the solutions are the most profitable for your business.

Prince’s Consultancy Services Ltd is there to serve any organization in any industry to implement health, safety and even quality systems. Write or call them here.