Arguments for Managing Health and Safety

Arguments for
Managing Health and Safety
Moral
Staff are an Organisations prime assets
Accidents and ill-health dramatically affect morale and productivity
Legal
Minimum standards for health and safety set in UK law
Criminal Law: minimum legal standards not met
Sanctions
Criminal Justice System
Civil Law: an individual suffers loss of some kind
Compensation to injured party
Civil Court System
Sanctions and Compensation records kept, could affect future contracts
Financial
Compensation costs can be high
Days lost due to accidents and ill-health
Hidden costs in failures
Direct costs
lost time
sick pay
damage or loss of product
repairs to plant and equipment
clearing the site
fines
legal costs
excess on any claims
increased insurance premiums
Indirect costs
extra wages, overtime pay
investigation time
production delays
loss of contracts
loss of business reputation
Uninsured costs
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