Top Employment Tips For 2019 – Make Sure Your Business Is A Safe Place To Work Welcome back to our series of blogs on the New Year’s resolutions we recommend considering for your business in 2019. In this post, the ELAS Group’s Health and Safety Manager, Wayne Dunning takes a closer look at health and safety gap analysis, and why it’s an investment no company can afford to overlook. What is a health and safety gap analysis?
Health and safety is never far from the headlines – and with good reason. There is strict legislation to protect employees in the workplace and failing to meet the required standards can be have serious consequences for your team, your business and your reputation. A gap analysis can go a long way to making sure you’re compliant and that your people are always safe on site.
A gap analysis can take two forms – either a short survey review that identifies shortfalls in your health and safety, or a more thorough assessment. In either case, it will begin with an expert visiting your organisation.
They will carry out an investigation to make sure you have the right systems in place to achieve good health and safety practices. This will involve identifying any issues with your current training regime, while completing risk assessments to see where any problems lie.
There’s no hard and fast rule for how often you should carry out a gap analysis. Many businesses opt for an annual audit, so the findings can be factored into any yearly document or training requirement updates.
Identifying areas for improvement
There are some common health and safety pitfalls among British businesses. Keeping up-to-date documentation is one of them, especially when it comes to risk assessments.
Companies are required by law to identify the risks they face on a day-to-day basis. It’s important to realise these will vary considerably from business to business, and especially across different sectors. Once you have realised what your specific challenges are – and a gap analysis will help with this – you’ll need to put control measures in place to minimise these risks.
Work equipment is also a key area of consideration. Regular health and safety updates must consider your organisation’s general working environment and the tools employees need to use to complete their duties.
The benefits of a health and safety gap analysis
There’s a wealth of advantages to carrying out a gap analysis, providing you carry out the recommendations you are given. It’s a proactive and effective way of keeping personal injury claims at bay, while making sure you stay on the right side of the law.
Then there’s the financial benefits to consider. Lower insurance premiums may result from a health and safety gap analysis, as the fewer risks your workers face, the less likely it is that an accident will occur. This translates to staff taking less time off work, which can have a positive impact on your bottom line; The Health and Safety Executive reveals that in 2016/17, self-reported illnesses and injuries cost British businesses £15 billion.
Business relationships can likewise benefit from a positive health and safety environment. It’s something that will reflect well with your customers and suppliers, placing you top of the list the next time they need to purchase goods or services.
Put a health and safety gap analysis on your 2019 agenda
Ultimately, sound health and safety makes good business sense – it’s something your employees will benefit from and it will put you in a positive light with your customers.
Here at ELAS Group, we’re here to help your business be compliant with health and safety legislation, which is why we offer extensive and professional gap analysis. Call us on 08450 504060 to speak to a member of our team about improving your health and safety.