P&MM, an award winning performance improvement agency, has released a new ‘advance’ guide for improving health & safety at work.
An advanced guide to health and safety recognition in the workplace covers a comprehensive range of challenges that are faced by Health and Safety practitioners and HR including: How to drive better Health and Safety practices; where to start in terms of reviewing where you are and where you need to be; setting goals and objectives; measuring KPIs and success.
John Sylvester, Director at P&MM, comments, “Major multinationals will have a comprehensive health and safety programme in place and may already be working with colleagues in HR to ensure health and safety policy messages are displayed throughout the workplace. However the harsh fact is that many employees outside of the profession do not find the subject very engaging.
In 2014-2015, around 611,000 injuries occurred at work and this is costing UK employers an estimated £14.3 billion a year, according to Health and Safety Executive.
A recent audit carried out by P&MM across 52 organisations, revealed a significant gap between workplace policies and procedures and what staff actually know. The majority of participants (79 percent) said they did not know where to log a Health and Safety concern at work, with only 21 percent indicating they knew the correct procedures for their company. It also found that over three quarters of participants (82 percent) said they had not reported a health and safety issue at work.
Sylvester added: “Health and safety professionals face a real challenge to their soft skills of communicating issues to their audience in a way that makes the topic real and tangible. This guide looks at ways to engage and reward your workforce for positive behaviours – and in doing so boost a healthier attitude towards safety.”