Videos highlight benefits of good health and safety practice

Published: 5 May 2015 09:30

THE British Safety Council (BSC) has released a series of short videos on the business benefits of good health and safety - filmed with experts from the European Agency on Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).

Dr Dietmar Elsler, project manager at EU-OSHA, said: “The evidence is clear. It shows that investing in health and safety produces a financial return for employers and helps to improve working conditions for workers.

“The Agency demonstrates that it has continued to successfully promote the economic benefits of investing in workplace safety and health by stressing the importance of working together.”

Joscelyne Shaw, acting policy and communications director at the BSC, said: “The International Labour Organisation estimates that every year over 2.3 million people globally are senselessly killed due to workplace injury and work-related ill health and an estimated 4 per cent of global GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is lost due to health and safety failure. And as we move out of the recession, it is important that business reflects on what is appropriate and sensible health and safety management. Good health and safety management is addressed relative to a number of factors, whether in relation to risk management, demands from clients or as part of a sustainable business ethos.

“We know there are many businesses committed to ensuring that their staff are not injured or made ill by their work. There is a growing recognition of the value of a preventative strategy which is beneficialoffers to business as well as to government and society overallmore widely. As a corporate membership body, we remain committed to capturing and sharing this insight and enabling others to benefit from the learning and innovation that this can create within businesses and business processes."

“As businesses seek to take advantage of growth opportunities, we can provide support.”

The videos support the BSC’s literature review (pictured) entitled ‘The business benefits of health and safety’.

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