Estates Excellence/Health & Safety Executive: There to Help Business to Save, Not Just Investigate and Enforce
H aving worked with Estates Excellence and The London Borough of Tower Hamlets back in February, we are now involved with The London Borough of Bexley in helping to promote Free Health and Safety training for SMEs in the borough.Our experience of working with local government and EE has been a really positive experience.

It has been said that inviting Health & Safety in to your workplace is an invitation to getting your business into a whole lot of potential issues which all too often is NOT the case. What we have found is that they are there to help and not to hinder.

The purpose of Estates Excellence is to assist SMEs to improve their business operations though hazard awareness training, information sharing which leads to further training, development.

What can it do for your business?

Statistics show that 70% of businesses never reopen after a fire. It might be because they take the insurance money and move on. It might be because the time between a fire and reopening a business is so long that it’s building a business again from scratch. It might be because they may not have the stomach to go through it again or they may not have received the insurance pay out because of failures.

Who wants to spend their life, or life savings, going through the punishment that can be the case in setting up a business, work all the hours, go through the pain and suffering of nurturing their business for what may seem like a lifetime; becoming wedded to it, love and nurture it only to see it go up in smoke in a fire that could've been prevented?

It makes business sense to protect yourself from the hazards of business, and if there is an opportunity to get an assessment, training, assistance and guidance to help you in preventing this, why not take it up.

What happened on Fish Island?

We learned that businesses came together and shared resources, some of the larger companies helped the smaller companies with training and further guidance.

There were instances where there were a lack of safety measures that were picked up and rectified preventing an accident from occurring.

Employees who previously possibly thought that it was not their responsibility or problem became hazard detectors and rectifiers instead of maybe leaving it for someone else to deal with instead of taking ownership of a potential problem and taking the necessary steps to bring it to the attention of the business owner or management.

The next benefit is it could potentially bring your insurance premiums down because you are reducing the risk of having to claim on insurance or even worse still being refused a pay out because of failure to take necessary precautions.

In order to help businesses the HSE has developed the ABC of Health and Safety which is a free resource for businesses. We advise you to take a look so we have taken the liberty of placing links in this article for your consideration.

MAIN PAGE:

WATCH YOU TUBE VIDEO:

HEALTH AND SAFETY MADE SIMPLE:

HOW CAN THIS SITE HELP YOU:

WRITE A HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY:

CONTROLLING RISKS IN YOUR BUSINESS:

CONSULT YOUR EMPLOYEES:

PROVIDE TRAINING AND INFORMATION:

PROVIDE THE RIGHT WORKPLACE FACILITIES:

FIRST AID, ACCIDENTS AND ILL HEALTH:

DISPLAY THE HEALTH AND SAFETY LAW POSTER:

GET INSURANCE FOR YOUR BUSINESS:

KEEP UP TO DATE:

The long and the short of it is simple, if you want to preserve your business, if you want to prevent accidents, if you want to maintain a healthier and happier workplace and workforce, if you want to improve your workplace for your self and your workers, if you want to reduce the risk of catastrophic damage leading to your business going up in flames never to reopen then you will take a look at their site. Its free and could end up saving you money and most of all potentially saving a life.

Who wants to be responsible for a preventable accident which could cost a life? We sure don't and we are sure that many of you think the same.

The links above and the Estates Excellence programme is an opportunity for you to save and gain knowledge, experience and its sensible business management for Free.

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