Businesses ‘must take health and safety seriously’

September 13th, 2012 Category: Building Management

If a business chooses to outsource cleaning duties to a third party, there are many factors it may choose to consider before doing so.

For instance, it might want to look at what type of cleaning products they use and ask whether they act with the environment in mind. After all, they may treat green issues and corporate social responsibility as a top priority.

Furthermore, they may want to check whether they can function smoothly without having their operations compromised by contract cleaners on site.

But another issue that must also be addressed is health and safety. After all, cleaners from an outside organisation must do their work without putting a business's employees at risk and leaving hazards across a commercial building.

Fortunately, facilities management specialists know how to do their job, so a business that takes them on can be confident health and safety will not be compromised.

According to Sarah Daniels, chartered practitioner at the RedCat Partnership, health and safety matters have to be taken seriously by businesses.

She warned that if they fail to do so, they are likely to see more accidents taking place and people suffering from work-related illnesses.

Furthermore, Ms Daniels said workers could perform better if they see their bosses being proactive on health and safety.

"Employees who believe they are cared about will be more productive and that is what is needed in this economy," she commented.

Ms Daniels added that most "genuine business owners are taking health and safety seriously", as they recognise that their staff are their "biggest asset".

With figures from the Health and Safety Executive showing 1.2 million employees suffered from a work-related illness in 2010-11, businesses need to focus on every conceivable hazard to stop their staff coming to harm.

During this time of recession, safeguarding employees could represent a considerable economic boost. After all, HSE statistics show that in 2009-10, ill health and injuries sustained at work cost the country about £14 billion.