The Goals of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) are to protect employees, the public, the environment and to comply with applicable laws and protect the Company’s reputation.
The best organisations are adopting behavioural based health and safety philosophies to create an interdependent environment.
Behavioural standards are set by the leadership team and are driven by the values of the business. If safety is a core value of the business, when faced with the choice of turning off a safety device to increase output or leaving the safety device operational to protect the operator, the safety device would always be left on. Industry has lots of people with bits missing that thought otherwise.
Most health, safety and environment incidents occur in manufacturing operations where people tend to be exposed to greatest risks. Zero incidents should be the ultimate goal; the HSE cultural development curve displays the stages of improvement for creating a safe working environment. The stages range from, reacting to incidents, to supervision managing the standards with the threat of consequences for non-compliance, to people taking personal responsibility for their safety, to the team collectively looking after each other.
Costs of Poor Health Safety and Environment
Albeit that one of our core values is that our employees leave work in the same physical condition they arrived, we are still practical operations men. The cost to British employers of health and safety failure was estimated to be £2.8 billion in 2010/11
- Costs to the company:
- Prosecution of senior team
- Costs can include:
- Lost time
- Sick pay
- Damage or loss of product and raw materials
- Repairs to plant and equipment
- Extra wages, overtime working and temporary labour
- Production delays
- Investigation time
- Loss of contracts
- Legal costs
Norwich Union risk services estimated that uninsured losses from accidents are £315/employee/year.
Another non health safety and environment study estimated the costs of different types of accidents
Causing absence from work: £2,097
Only requiring 1st aid: £33
Damage to plant and equipment (no one injured): £141
Attention to health, safety and environment is not just about being socially responsible, it also makes good business sense and should be regarded as just as important as the achievement of any other key business objective.
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