6 reasons a large business can lose track of health and safety requirements

Every business with more than five employees is duty bound to invest in health and safety. It brings many responsibilities and yet, in spite of its importance, large companies can lose track of it. But why?




1 Gets left behind as the business grows

For many companies, losing track of health and safety is not intentional but a genuine oversight. If a company expands rapidly – something that brings its own problems – it can be challenging to oversee and manage every single aspect.

Essentially, with everyone’s eyes on the prize of more customers, more contracts and more profit, things like health and safety can slip. It is imperative that the importance of health and safety is not sidelined for a growing business because a poor health and safety record leads to a poor reputation.

2 No one person in charge

A large company can mean many different departments, all of which have their place in the process of creating products and delivering services. Some departments work closely together, others don’t.

Thus, in a large business, it is ‘easy’ for no one single person to drive and build on health and safety. It is essential that a map of health and safety provision is made, and that everyone knows who is responsible across each area and department.

3 Not led from the top

Occupational health and safety is everyone’s responsibility, but essentially, it is a business activity that should be driven from the top. That means, the management team guiding and steering it to success should have health and safety firmly in its sights and see it as an integral part of the company – at all times.

4 Not investing in health and safety technology

Like most business processes, health and safety in the workplace is not untouched by the digital era. The attitude of old was that health and safety was a ‘necessary nuisance’, something that was cumbersome and had the potential to be an almost immovable obstacle.

But attitudes have changed, as too as the how of health and safety. From monitoring to reporting, to risk assessments, understanding and measuring risk, the latest health and safety software simplifies how health and safety processes can be applied and monitored. By not staying up to date, health and safety can be left behind in a large business.

5 Not updating risk assessment as the company grows

As your company grows, hazards will change as will the risks they pose (or don’t). From staff turnover to bringing in new equipment, to changing how products are made and distributed, not staying up to date and not making or amending risk assessments to fit this can mean further risks are not managed.

6 Fast growth means some administrative tasks get left behind

We may be exiting a period of austerity with stunted growth, but some businesses have experienced accelerated growth. When a business grows, it has the potential to grow out of control. If you see health and safety as part of ‘administration’, it is not being given the attention it should.

How can we help you?

If you are in need of assistance with any aspect of Health and Safety management, here at Synergos we’d be delighted to help. Whether you have questions or are looking for advice and support to maintain standards, call 01484 666160 or Email info@synergosconsultancy.co.uk and we’ll be happy to talk it over with you.

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Steve Kilburn
Steve Kilburn
I initially trained as an industrial chemist working in a variety of manufacturing environments eventually moving into quality management which grew to encompass environmental and occupational health and safety management systems. I hold a Masters Degree in Health and Safety law and Environmental Law and a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Waste Management and I am a Graduate Level Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). In my spare time I enjoy reading, my favourite author is Stephen King, and listening to music, generally from the late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
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