Health and Safety at work: The business case

The business case for taking health and safety seriously

When we talk about health and safety at work, with particular emphasis on understanding the importance of it, conversation quickly turns to the ‘human’ element behind it.

The need to take Health and Safety at work seriously is way beyond the accident implication which non-compliance could pose. Non-compliance also pose a major challenge to economic well being of every organization.

For instance, our thoughts are dominated by statistics like these (taken from the HSE website):

  • 3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness in 2014/2015
  • 2,515 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2014)
  • 144 workers killed at work in 2014/2015
  • 72,702 other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR in 2014/2015
  • 621,000 injuries occurred at work in 2014/2015 according to the Labour Force Survey

While these statistics are unquestionably unsettling, and instantly demonstrate how important it is to take health and safety seriously, it’s not the only reason we should be giving the subject the attention it deserves.

More importance of taking health and safety seriously is highlighted here……Read up

See also: Explanation of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974……Read

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