We know for many businesses that they have no interest in health & safety because they find it just too complicated; that’s why they look for the tick in the box. However to ensure the tick in the box keeps your business and employees safe then you need someone to take the strain and pain of health & safety compliance away from you.
At MESH we have always had the ethos that health and safety should be just one of a number of key business drivers that any business should work towards improving. It does not have to be the number one focus at the expense of all others but it must be given sufficient focus and taken seriously.
Experience has shown us that where businesses are prepared to consider there is room to improve and that health & safety is not just a burden then many benefits can be achieved. However to make this happen then the business needs to understand where and how these improvements can be made; this is where competent advice comes in.
We are concerned that part of the bad press health & safety receives is down to the poor understanding of what the mass of regulations are trying to achieve; which is ultimately to keep people and businesses safe and healthy. There are other consultants who can provide the tick in the box; but many do not help as often they lack the basic business understanding to make health & safety work for the business not against it.
We feel our role as consultants is to advise our clients on how an approach can be adapted to achieve both compliance and a positive business outcome. We have recent examples of how this works effectively for a company planning to install a new process on one of their sites and received great comments back from the client as follows:
Investigating a business opportunity it was apparent that internal knowledge was not sufficient to deliver a fully considered project. MESH consulting rapidly provided the specialist assistance we required delivering unique tailored guidance specific to our plant and proposal – a very refreshing change from those others who arrive armed with a simple tick list. – John Mitchell, Group QHSE Manager, 2K Polymer Systems.
We would like to hear if you agree with our approach or do you think a tick in the box that does not protect your business is sufficient?