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What are the benefits, to my organisation, of becoming healthy and safety compliant?

John Kilian
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Health and safety (OSH) can significantly boost your organisation’s performance, and make a real and meaningful impact on your bottom line. Might sound simple, but consider the facts for a moment. 


How much will it cost me to become OSH compliant?

The costs involved in becoming OSH compliant, and maintaining this, are not at all high when compared with how much you’d have to pay because of:

 

 

  • Frequent absenteeism related to ill-health or injuries;

  • Escalating insurance premiums, not to mention

  • The cost of constantly training new employees to replace those who are absent.


The greatest challenges faced by most organisations today are how to:


  • Increase productivity;
  • Develop employees more efficiently;
  • Combat rising costs; and
  • Address the skills shortage.

In addition to addressing these challenges directly - through the right development, implementation and training - becoming OSH compliant is not a costly exercise. And as an added benefit, it places your organisation in good standing. In fact, one of the trends we are starting to notice in many industries is that some of the largest local brands are on a drive to become the leaders in occupational health and safety in South Africa.

When you consider that this has been a global trend for some time, it’s really encouraging to see that South African organisations are finally getting on board and taking a proactive approach rather that just following suit because of legislative pressure.


5 benefits of fostering good OSH practice in your organisation

1.    Your staff becomes more competent;

2.    They also become more productive;

3.    In addition your staff will also become more motivated;

4.    By educating your employees about OSH you empower them to take responsibility for their own OSH compliance too.



So what next?

The first step is to get a full safety audit of your organisation. This will identify where your organisation could be falling short in terms of health and safety. The second step is to follow the recommendations gathered from the audit to ensure that your organisation is fully compliant with current legislation and ultimately protect your organisation, your employees and the public.


Author: John Kilian is an SHE and risk management consultant at Safe Working Practice (SWP), which provides a management tool and safe systems of work, including: Safety files, evacuation plans and emergency procedures, audits, health and safety officers, inspections, documentation, advice and training to a wide range of organisations.

 


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