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Our simple formula for health and safety success: The Director's cut (part 2)

Don’t be daunted by health and safety! There are some really simple steps any business can make for a winning strategy, meaning you look after your team and customers and can win new business.

24 April 2022

Don’t be daunted by health and safety! There are some really simple steps any business can make for a winning strategy, meaning you look after your team and customers and can win new business.

1. Test your staff

Make sure everyone knows exactly what your policy says and Make sure your team sees it. They need to be able to show how to do tasks safely. Don’t just ask them to sign method statements and go – make sure you brief the workforce properly so it actually makes a difference.

2. Invest in your staff

You’re only as good as your workforce. Invest in them, and provide them with the information and training they need to ensure a safe, productive working environment.

3. Get involved

‘Leadership of organisations should be leading discussions on the health and safety agenda, pushing change, and coming up with new initiatives.

4. Safety awards

Quarterly or annual safety awards are a great way of promoting better safety performance and giving it recognition.

5. Set goals, monitor and review

Is your health and safety strategy effective? Review audits, ask for workforce feedback and get an external audit done. Keep making goals and striving for improvement, with goals being anything qualitative and quantitative.

Quantitive: Looking at accident stats from the previous year and making a news goal for fewer accidents/near misses/no. of days lost through ill-health etc.

Qualitative: Improvement in employee engagement for safety issues, nurturing a more positive culture for safety, and could help you to enter a safety accreditation or go for a higher level. This is good for marketing and opens up the scope for a broader range of new clients.

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