Protecting staff health is a real money-maker. Neglecting it can mean two years in jail.
So what’s it going to be?
Like, stop people coming to work with colds and flu because there’s no germs to catch – and you could boost productivity by as much as third. Three months extra work, all for the same pay.
But gloss over checks on your water system for the bacteria that causes legionnaire’s disease – a notifiable disease, which means super-dangerous, you’re in trouble if they finds signs of this in your prem – and you are going down, baby.
Not good for your health
A criminal health and safety record, no more company directorship, unlimited fines, two years porridge. More if a staff member dies, and manslaughter charges stick.
Didn’t know germs were that important to business, huh?
Better wise up.
Get familiar with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Plus the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations controlling health and safety at work.
Not forgetting the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 – germs can be just as deadly as asbestos, toxic fumes or any other hazardous chemicals.
Not that your staff are exposed to any of them.
But they might be.
Since germs are too small to see, you can’t say what they’re exposed to with any certainty.
Fixing the downside
You can see the effects though.
Workaholics determined not to lose a day’s pay, they drag themselves in with churning tummies and pounding heads. Sick as dogs but intent on being heroes. Not really capable, but going through the motions, And passing their germs on to everyone else in the process.
Except you’re savvy enough to add office hygiene to the daily cleaning routine. So together with regular vacuuming and wipe-down, you have the place sterilised overnight as well. All viruses and bacteria sent to oblivion, so your staff start safe in the morning.
Full of beans, ready to go at full power – with all capabilities in play that you hired them for. Plus the motivation of feel-good. No germs, no problems, an unstoppable drive to success.
Yeah, well. Duty of care and all that. You know how to make it pay off.
The price of not caring
Compare that with shrugging it off – never needed anything before, so why start now?
Ask G4S Cash Solutions.
When one of their workers went down with legionnaire’s disease, the local council launched an investigation. No legionella assessment on their site for three years, 200 people at risk, they threw the book at them.
£1.8m fine for water systems safety breaches. Very nearly a jail sentence.
Which means mess with the wrong germ and it can cost your business plenty.
Because G4S aren’t the only ones.
£300,000 each for cider-maker HP Bulmer and water contractor Nalco in 2008 after two deaths in Hereford.
Manslaughter charges for JTF Discount Warehouse for three deaths in Stoke-on-Trent in 2012.
And countless other fines up and down the country.
Avoidable – and profitable
Not worth taking chances, hey?
Reckon there’s always germs there. Take action to eliminate them – and laugh all the way to the bank.
Easy-peasy. Not rocket science. And a Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card
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