By R Gilbert
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3 As well as hurting people, accidents and injuries cost the business As well as hurting people, accidents and injuries hurt the business. 3 Working days lost owing to injury WPNL0206 20 Health and Safety . . so What Business are You in? for a day) or lost output, etc. Too many accidents have a bad effect on employees’ morale and willingness to do their jobs well. There are numerous statistics on business loss due to accidents, injuries and other unsafe events. You are probably best able to assess these losses for yourself in your particular line of business.
It goes without saying that a key underpinning requirement is to have an efficient way of doing whatever it is you do. Employees who know what to do, know how to do it effectively and efficiently and want to do it are obviously very important to survival and success. Every £ or man-hour spent that does not contribute to your business’/organisation’s success makes it less likely to survive and prosper. So, is money and time spent on H&S helping your organisation to prosper or is it bringing it closer to failure?
If you follow the guidance and provisions of an ACOP you will be deemed to have done all that is necessary to comply with the law. If persons are prosecuted for a breach of H&S law and did not follow the provisions of an ACOP, then the onus is on them to show that they complied with the law in another way that is equally good. Guideline documents issued by the HSE or local authority do not have quite the same legal status as ACOPs, nevertheless, if you do follow the guidance given, you will almost certainly have done all that is required by the law.
A Quick Guide to Health and Safety by R Gilbert