This past Saturday (28/04/2018) was the International Health & Safety Day around the world. We have decided that there is no better opportunity than now to speak about just that, so we got hold of one of our real brainy types, Lois Blade, and had a chat to her about all things Health & Safety.
Health and Safety…it’s a sore topic for some and one that is generally overlooked as its found to be petty with loads of rules and regulations. The matter of the fact is, it’s an important and crucial part to every business. It is there to protect people from all kinds of hazards, both the physical and respirable, for the employer and employee.
“Every 15 seconds, in the world, a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease, and 153 people experience a work -related injury” equating to over 2.78million people dying each year – International Organisation for Standardisation.>
The recent release of ISO 45001 on Occupational Health and Safety brings a new and improved approach to health and safety in the workplace. Its appearance as a new ISO standard will enable an organisations management system to become more effective. Costs experienced by a company due to Health and Safety can be astronomical, not just due to employee health but also absenteeism cost. By implementing a health and safety system it would help boost morale in employees as their role within the business feels valued. It also helps with reducing risk of reputation for organisations due to fines and prison sentences etc. The below figure shows workplace costs due to lack of health and safety in 2015-2016:
Source: HSE Costs to Britain Model
ISO 45001 takes on a new approach. Its focus is on PREVENTION, prevention of work-related ill health and injury. As stated in the latest edition of ISOfocus, “Research shows that 99% of all accidents are preventable”, and if you didn’t know, we here at Air Spectrum can help you on your way to improving occupational health and safety within your own workplace.
Spectrum Environmental Support within Air Spectrum has a skilled team of expert air quality consultants that can advise and support you in making the right decisions by offering testing and/or advice on a series of services:
- Workplace Exposure Monitoring and the Assessment of Risk Relating to Hazardous Substances (in-line with COSHH 2002 regulations)
- Workplace Dust Exposure Monitoring – Inhalable and Respirable Dust
- Environmental & Workplace Bioaerosol Monitoring
- Dispersion Modelling
- Air Quality Assessments – site boundary monitoring
- Respirable Crystalline Silica Exposure Monitoring
- Indoor Air Quality Assessments – Breeam Certification Tests
We had a lot of fun filming our occupational hygiene video. Have a look below.
SES – Here to help you with your PREVENTION in work-related health and safety issues
If you have any questions or need any advice, please call our team who will be happy to help.