RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Awards – A business case

Aiming for high standards of health and safety is the right thing to do and is not just about legal compliance. Achieving and proving excellence in the way health and safety risks are managed has massive business benefits.

A strong health & safety culture, demonstrated by being a RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Award Winner, pays for itself many times over in preventing injuries and lost staff time.  According to HSE Key Annual figures 2010/2011:

  • 1.2 million working people were suffering from a work related illness
  • 175 workers were killed at work
  • 115, 000 injuries were reported under RIDDOR
  • 200, 000 reportable injuries (over 3 day absence) occurred (LFS)
  • 26.4 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
  • Workplace injuries and ill health (excluding cancer) cost society an estimated £14 billion (in 2009/10)

These figures alone demonstrate how reducing the incidences of accidents at work can benefit organisations in the most crucial way – their finances!

Because health and safety goes to the heart of the way a business is run, an ambitious approach to reducing accidents and safeguarding health speaks volumes about an organisation’s ethos and professionalism. This overt socially responsible attitude will not only act as a motivator internally amongst employees, reassured that their well-being is of paramount interest, but can also serve to win new business and tenders over competitors. At a time when adding value is key to procurement decisions, Award Winner assurances can be the winning indicator to potential clients.

If further persuasion is needed on the business case for entering the RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Awards, then the enhanced safety culture that will undoubtedly be a consequence of entering the awards and the reduction in costly damage and business interruptions also need to be taken into account. Uninsured losses very often outweigh the cost of insurance premiums massively.
Uninsured 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
  • Fines
  • Loss of contracts
  • Legal costs.

Accident and ill-health costs are like an iceberg: costs that are recoverable are visible but those that are unrecoverable are hidden below the waterline and are many times greater. In recession, when sales and turnover are flat, saving money by avoiding accidents and ill health related absence makes a massive contribution to defending the bottom line.

High achievement in the RoSPA Awards will not only act as an internal benchmark for year on year performance but will identify your organisation as a beacon of success to competitors and clients alike.

David Rawlins, RoSPA Awards Manager

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