Health & safety

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Has your business implemented a strategy for promoting health and safety at work?

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This Scorecard is due to be updated in 2018

Businesses have a recognised responsibility to ensure employee well-being and safety in the workplace. Beyond this ethical and legal duty, a commitment to taking active steps to create and uphold a health and safety strategy can lead to fewer absences, improved staff retention, higher morale and higher productivity. This point is reiterated by the European Network for Workplace Health promotion who state that workplace health promotion leads to benefits for employee and firm when it emphasises increasing workers’ participation in shaping the working environment, and when it provides the opportunity for individuals to develop personal as well as professional skills. A health and safety policy can also provide protection for both employer and employees should a dispute arise related to injury or illness.

Health and safety is relevant to all places of work. Health risks include poor lifting techniques, incorrect handling of materials and working in noisy environments. Working at a computer with poor set-up, for long hours and under very tight deadlines, and in a stressful environment are also health risks. Safety risks might include slips, trips and falls, poorly maintained facilities and equipment, and working with heavy machinery. Notwithstanding the human cost of illness or injury, prevention is certainly better than cure: it is much more efficient to implement practices and policy to protect health, maintain safety and prevent accidents than it is to pay the costs of absence and sickness and risk the loss of business.

Strategies for promoting health and safety may include:
● Evaluating and assessing health and safety risks regularly
● Training and educating staff at induction itself in safe work practices and health promotion so they can implement it as part of their occupational health practice
● Inspecting and monitoring company safety performance
● Improving operations to remove and reduce the possibility of work-related injuries or sickness
● Reviewing health and safety at management level
● Enabling healthy choices in the work environment such as refreshments/canteens that provide nourishing refreshments and allowing active breaks in between work
● Ensuring appropriate work arrangements such as appropriate lighting, seating and ventilation
● Assigning responsibility for health and safety to a named individual.

Strategy

'Strategy' is a long term plan of action designed to achieve a particular goal, taking into consideration the widest possible set of potential options and their impacts. It must include actions that are undertaken consistently. In the case of health and safety, it involves not only meeting minimum legal requirements, but also considering work environment and operations specific to your firm.

Answering YES

All Businesses MUST

State any philosophy or key values which govern or influence their strategy on health and safety

Explain the components of their health and safety strategy (e.g. as described in the rationale)

Describe how it is implemented and monitored

All Businesses MAY

Mention any successes in dealing with health and safety issues, e.g. a reduction in workplace accidents or workforce sickness

Explain how health and safety policy is communicated to staff

Answering NO

All Businesses MUST

State their business sector

Explain why they do not or cannot answer YES to this question, listing the business reasons, any mitigating circumstances or other reasons that apply

All Businesses MAY

Describe any future intentions regarding this issue

DON'T KNOW is not a permissible answer to this question

NOT APPLICABLE is not a permissible answer to this question

Version 1

To receive a score of 'Excellent'

Healthy and Safety is an integral part of the business ethos

Examples of policies and practices which may support an EXCELLENT statement (not all must be observed, enough should be evidenced to give comfort that the statement is the best of the four for the business being scored):

  1. All healthy and safety risks are examined, evaluated and addressed in strategically throughout the company
  2. Employees’ mental and emotional well-being is valued alongside physical safety
  3. Employees are well-informed about all potential health and safety risks
  4. Employee and third party reviews/input used to develop/improve strategy
  5. Ergonomic workplace design
  6. A strong workplace culture of protecting employees
  7. Strategised and regularly evaluated/monitored strategy on health and safety in the workplace
  8. Member in a senior position/management responsible for reviewing and reporting of health and safety policies and practices
To receive a score of 'Good'

The business has established a strategic approach for healthy and safety

Examples of policies and practices which may support a GOOD statement (not all must be observed, enough should be evidenced to give comfort that the statement is the best of the four for the business being scored):

  1. Health and safety strategy is implemented which addresses all relevant risks in detail
  2. Elaborate manuals regarding safety and first aid are made available to employees and management
  3. Regular monitoring of policies/strategies
  4. Good practices clearly communicated to all employees
  5. Responsibility for health and safety standards is assigned to a named individual
  6. Good policies in place to ensure safety to employees with protected characteristics
To receive a score of 'Okay'

Minimum legal requirements for health and safety are implemented

Examples of policies and practices which may support an OKAY statement (not all must be observed, enough should be evidenced to give comfort that the statement is the best of the four for the business being scored):

  1. Sufficient preventive measures to eliminate risk where possible
  2. Health and safety strategy is implemented but not regularly monitored
  3. Emergency contact information made available to everyone
  4. Few or no measures in place go beyond the required guidelines on safe practices
To receive a score of 'Poor'

The business acknowledges performance below expectations or no health and safety strategy in place

Examples of policies and practices which may support a POOR statement (not all must be observed, enough should be evidenced to give comfort that the statement is the best of the four for the business being scored):

  1. Statement of future intent to improve
  2. No procedure for dealing with complaints apparent
  3. Health and safety policies are not implemented at all
  4. Health and safety policies are insufficient in relation to the nature of the working environment