Mick Martin of Dolphin Printers had always been highly cynical of external health and safety consultants ‘trying to sell their services’. Why would Dolphin Printers need outside advice? They had never had any serious incidents or health and safety breaches.
His opinion soon changed however, when he saw the economic benefits that improved health and safety had on his company.
From a small investment of time, effort, and funds, Dolphin Printing reaped a myriad of benefits. These included:
During the initiative, it came to light that a competitor’s insurance company had refused to renew their insurance due to health and safety concerns, illustrating the centrality of health and safety for a viable, profitable business.
In addition to the cost benefits, there were also other, more incalculable benefits. Staff morale improved, as they can be confident their management genuinely cares about their well-being.
After an initial hesitation, Mick and his team set about revising their management approach. New equipment and alterations of existing equipment also took place, with a small investment the health and safety committee was also revitalised.
Following the initiative, the workers’ committee was revitalised and now includes Mick Martin, a fire officer, first aider and safety officer. All employees were involved in sharing work as done (WAD), and actually improved processes far beyond the implementation of the new system. The greatest benefit has been the raised awareness of health and safety within the company.