In research undertaken by the HSE, it was estimated that the actual costs of a work-related injury is something like 10 to more than 30 times the immediate costs; the so-called ‘Injury-cost iceberg’.
Examples of the hidden and unseen costs of accidents include:
In many cases, the potential to incur such costs can be significantly reduced (or even avoided) if hazards and risks are assessed and proper workplace Health & Safety controls are put in place.
Health & Safety legislation is now based on a ‘goal-setting’ and risk assessment and risk management approach making it more difficult to determine when something is right.
Businesses often face similar problems when dealing with Health & Safety, such as:
In addition, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require an employer to appoint a ‘competent person’ to provide them with Health & Safety assistance.
Workplace Health & Safety is not just about reducing the incidence of work-related injuries or occupational ill-health, nor is it simply about the complying with the Law, it is simply that:
promoting better safety.
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