Are you an employer? For example, do you employ staff to work in the construction industry? Do you foresee a risk in the kind of work that your employees execute which affects their health and safety? Interestingly, these were some of the thoughts that were evaluated by legislators before they came with a comprehensive health and safety legislation for the United Kingdom. In fact, the outcomes of such discussions lead to the overhauling of the health and safety system that was in existence earlier.
If we were to introspect on the history of health and safety law in UK, it was in pure shambles before 1970. There were hundreds of pieces of legislation in existence that were aiming to do a lot many things to make certain health and safety at the workplace. However, the outcomes that were hoped for did not seem to be materialising. Consequently, the entire law at that time was reviewed thoroughly and a new Act was legislated and brought into force referred to as the Health and Safety at Work, etc., Act. This Act put the primary responsibility of enforcement on the Health & Safety Executive [HSE]. The Health & Safety Executive is part of the Environment Department.
Adhering to the rigours and requirements of health and safety laws can be challenging several times if you are not clear what is expected of your company. This is especially the case with firms and companies that are start-ups. Even established organisations can find the compliance aspects testing. Hence, there is an imminent need to recruit competent personnel to make certain that health and safety laws are appropriately complied.
However, focus on such aspects, though required, can several times distract organisations from their core deliverables and key goals. For example, companies will need to evaluate what laws they need to comply, write internal procedures around it, hire competent personnel, keep a pipeline and buffer ready for attiring key staff and educate the human resources of organisation. These are just a few aspects that need to be considering. When you look at it holistically, it is daunting and involves lot of time, effort, risk and expense.
Fortunately, markets have recognised this need of organisations and have come up with exciting business prepositions wherein companies can outsource it to competent consultants who take care of all that is required. These consultants offer contract hire services for the UK industry and are competent with all health and safety laws and their compliance. They offer varied services usually referred to as health and safety toolboxes. These toolboxes can write-up the companies’ health and safety procedures as well as communicate and educate the staff about the same.
The consultant companies can also complete H&S documents that include CHAS, Constructionline, and Achilles. This is definitely a plus for organisations as it makes their job much easier and smoother. It also means that they can focus on their key goals and objectives in a competitive market. In a nutshell, your organisation is more productive!