We should know that ensuring health and safety support of employees is compulsory for every business and employers are required to do so by law (Health and Safety Act, 1974). Employers are also responsible to provide a general understanding of Health and safety to the Employees.
A company can ensure the health and safety of employees in two ways:
- Appointing competent professional.
- Outsourcing health and safety.
Importance of Health and Safety Outsourcing
Most organisations necessarily need some processes and procedures to run their everyday business and also need to ensure that they are carried out in an efficient manner. In the same way, health and safety are equally important and needed to be ensured at any cost.
Any delay, negligence, or noncompliance in health and safety support for the employees within the organisation is a potential risk. There are many implications and huge ramifications for your organisation. It would certainly impact the organisation from many dimensions. The immediate effect would be on the reputation of the company. In addition to this, all the stakeholders including customers, employees, managers, and even families will be equally affected.
The legal requirements of health and safety keep on changing from time to time and moreover, they are industry-specific, which makes this task a very challenging job for a person appointed by the employer. Outsourcing health and safety is a good way to deal with such challenges.
Health and safety outsourcing have many benefits, a few of them are given below:
- It will reduce administrative costs.
- Outsourcing health and safety will increase the efficiency of an organisation.
- It will save unnecessary utilization of time and energy.
- Reduce certain legal risks i.e. Fines and penalties.
- Outsourcing health and safety would build the confidence of the employees.
- It will help to reduce absenteeism.
Outsourcing health and safety is cost-effective for any organisation in the long term. Every company needs to control overheads and costs; because as the costs increase the profitability diminishes. It is not a good choice to add another overhead, increasing your operating costs. Outsourcing health and safety to a consultant is far less costly than hiring and training a professional.
Outsourcing health and safety increase the efficiency and effectiveness of an organisation in many ways. The professional consultants are experts in their field and have experience in the creation and modification of all existing documents as per the standard operating procedures.
Saves Time and Energy
Whenever any issue arises regarding health and safety it can be timely dealt with by the coordination of company and its chosen consultancy. The professional consultant may be called at any time to deal with the problem quickly and effectively. In this way outsourcing saves a lot of time and energy due to increased flexibility.
If an organisation is non-compliant with ensuring health and safety standards of the employees, it may have to face legal implications and fines. Moreover, it would drastically damage the reputation of the organisation and its business. Outsourcing health and safety can play a central role in reducing and minimizing all such risks which are mentioned above.
From the recruitment of staff to giving of all the positive signals to stakeholders, health and safety outsourcing is an investment in your organisation that speaks volume. It builds a perception that you have reliability and worth that is extremely instrumental to keep you distinct from other organisations and businesses in the market.
The professional consultants also help to boost confidence that all the health and safety standard are up to date and are being handled properly as per the rules and procedures required by law.
Outsourcing health and safety for the employees will certainly improve welfare. This improved staff welfare would play an important role in the reduction of absenteeism and staff turnover. In this way, the cost, challenges, and risks of absenteeism would be controlled.
If you are looking to outsource your health and safety function or implement a Health and Safety Management System, feel free to contact us for a free consultation.