Health and safety is an essential element of running a business but it is often an unwanted burden. Although it may feel like a distraction and fall to the bottom of the priority pile, the consequences of ignoring health and safety legislation can be financially crippling for many SMEs.
A report from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) shows that each year over a million workers are injured or made ill by their work in Great Britain. This cost employers £3 billion in 2017/18, with an average cost of £8,300 for an employee that is off for 7 days or more with ill health.
However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you have a health and safety incident at work, you will be open to an HSE investigation. According to the latest statistics published by the HSE, there is a conviction rate of 92% and £54.5 million in fines were issued to those found guilty of health and safety offences in 2018/19p (up to March 2019) with an average fine of £150,000 per case.
If you were found guilty could you afford to pay? If the answer is no there are several steps you can you take to help reduce the seriousness of an offence, such as:
- Having effective health and safety procedures in place
- Taking voluntary steps to remedy a problem
- Cooperating with the investigation
- Having a good health and safety record with no previous convictions
However, there are ways to prevent a health and safety incident from happening in the first place. By engaging with us one of our health and safety specialists will carry out a comprehensive onsite health and safety audit and inspection that covers all aspects of property, workplace activity and fire safety arrangements. We will produce a full written report and action plan, but our support doesn’t end there. We will work with you to resolve any issues with additional onsite support to ensure compliance and can even take on the legal responsibility of being your competent person. Finally, if the worst should happen, we can provide immediate expert legal advice, assistance and representation.
Make 2020 the year you review your health and safety practices and ensure your business is fully compliant. Call us today on 0345 076 2288 or send us an email to let us take the stress, time and worry away from you and your business and be your front-line defence.