Many see H&S or SHE as something they have to do, a necessary evil if you will and often the one thing that prevents everyone from having fun!
Let us be clear health and safety is about keeping employees safe at work, preventing injury and worse a fatality. It is a mechanism for the employer to keep those employees safe and certainly not to make daily operations difficult, in fact quite the opposite.
When health and safety is managed well, nobody will notice and when staff are involved in the process it works even better! It should increase efficiency in business operation, provide a safe environment for staff and in turn create a happy and more effective workforce! It’s a win, win!
It is not easy to get anyone excited about health and safety but workers have the right to work in places where health and safety is properly controlled. Surely this is a good thing?
Health and safety really does not have to be difficult and with the right policies and procedures in place, and followed, there is no reason why it should be.
Getting staff involved and giving them responsibility in roles such First Aider or Fire Warden (supported with training) helps them to take pride in their safe environment and want to be part of the solution.
Of course, there will always be exceptions to the rule, and even organisations where health and safety is just too difficult or more hassle than its worth. However, when embraced it really shouldn’t be any more or less important than payroll (and we know how important that service is)!