When rebranding Ligtas, we looked at things like our corporate values. Innovation, excellence, and leadership in all we do and how we bring value to our clients.
The net result was these two statements:
- Health and safety expertise - for people who care about health and safety
- You can’t keep people safe by ticking a box
Both speak volumes about how we approach our business and ensuring that our services are designed to go beyond ticking boxes so that our clients can say they are safe.
It’s not just in Health & Safety that companies tick boxes to be compliant. We can see that by the number of prosecutions across all industry types. Head to the HSE website, and there are pages and pages. We also know that companies that proactively go beyond ticking boxes create safer and healthier workplaces and environments for their building occupants.
While both approaches may technically meet compliance requirements, there’s a big difference in the outcomes for the company, its employees, residents and other stakeholders.
Ticking boxes to be compliant may seem like an easy and quick solution, but it can be costly in the long run, like this one where a company was fined £146k after a joiner was crushed to death by a 20-tonne excavator
Compliance is the minimum standard
Compliance is the minimum standard, and simply meeting it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing everything possible to protect your employees, building occupants and your business. And what does it say about your brand and reputation if something happens?
On the other hand, proactively going beyond ticking boxes can yield significant benefits. It means that you’re taking an intelligent and comprehensive approach to health and safety and are committed to creating a safe and healthy environment. This approach can result in reduced injuries, accidents, potential fines or worse.
Going beyond ticking boxes also shows your commitment to your stakeholders. It demonstrates that you value their health and well-being and are willing to invest in creating a safe and healthy environment. This can help to build trust, loyalty, and positive relationships with everyone concerned.
So, how can you go beyond ticking boxes and create a proactive health and safety program? Here are a few key steps: