A new advanced health and safety guide for work aims to take the perceived boredom out of the subject.
The publication looks at the challenges that HR and health and safety professionals are facing.
These include offering rewards for positive actions, recording success and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), fixing goals, and how to review current situations and establishing where organisations need to be in future.
John Sylvester, a director at the P&MM performance improvement firm that produced the guide, says companies should face up to the facts.
He claims that several staff not in the health and safety sector find it difficult to be engaged by the subject. Mr Sylvester says his award-winning agency’s recent audit backs up this assertion.
Accidents at work cost over £14bn
P&MM’s research into 52 groups finds a substantial chasm between a firm’s policies on reducing accidents at work and employees’ actual knowledge of them.
For example, just 21% know how to record health and safety worries at work, while 79% do not know their employer’s correct steps to be taken in the event of an injury. A similar fraction (82%) claim they have never reported safety and health matters in the workplace.
Over 600,000 work injuries
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) calculates work injuries cost British businesses £14.3 billion per annum.
In the last financial year alone (2014/15) around 611,000 workplace injuries were recorded, the HSE adds.
Mr Sylvester says safety and health professionals’ communications skills will be tested if they are to get over the message in an understandable and genuine manner.
He says the new guide gets around this by looking at how companies can reward their employees for acting positively and make them interested in the subject. This should lead to better attitudes concerning workplace safety, he adds.
Mr Sylvester says the current challenges are not for a lack of effort. Leading multinational companies have thorough safety and health strategies, he adds.
They may also be liaising with HR colleagues to make sure that notices on the subject are visible throughout the office or factory, he adds.
Source: Training Journal
Date Published: March 4, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown