Health and safety colours every aspect of what a company does, how it delivers its services and products, as well as how it assures staff, public and contractor health. Risks and hazards change on an almost daily basis for some companies and organisations but there are common pitfalls too. What are they are and how can a business safely navigate around them?
Lack of skills and ‘competent person’
Every employer shall… appoint one or more competent persons to assist it in the undertaking the measures needed to comply with requirements [under health and safety law and regulations]
It sounds simple enough and yet, many companies are having difficulty in finding a suitably qualified or skilled person on their team who also has the time to be a ‘competent person’.
It is a position that comes with responsibilities but that does not mean a business hands over the responsibility of health and safety to them. This is not about ‘passing the buck’.
In essence, a competent person is someone who has the specialist skills and abilities that your business may be missing. They are part of your health and safety process and planning.
You can outsource the role of competent person to a qualified specialist, a route that businesses from all industries and shapes and sizes often take.
Changes in accreditations and regulations
As societal and environmental factors change, so too does the way in which a business works. The coronavirus pandemic is just one example – social distancing at work will become the norm for several months.
Change happens and so a business needs to willing and able to adapt. But there are times when the rigidity of internal processes prevent this from happening.
Other factors hinder responsive change too, from lack of understanding, to the process not being driven within the business. Consulting with external specialists is the solution.
For example, by spring 2021, OHSAS 18001 will be withdrawn. Companies will need to migrate to ISO 45001, a process that needn’t be shrouded in mystery nor deplete resources, people and money.
Requirements of different health and safety schemes
There are many health and safety schemes that are specific to industries – CHAS, for example, is one of them.
These schemes have different aims and objectives. Which ones will serve your business as you need to it? Are all these schemes of the same value to you?
External support for health and safety accreditations such as CHAS is an important move in every aspect. Bringing in specialist support around health and safety can bring about a whole new and much-improved way of doing things.
Outsourcing adds value to the accreditation process, just as it can also take away the stress of trying to meet the demands laid down by the process, especially if there is a deadline looming.
Health and safety specialists
A fresh pair eyes also make a difference when performing risk assessments at work and when looking to meet the standards of an accreditation, but also for making your workplace a safer place, all reasons why outsourcing to a health and safety specialist makes sense.