As we mentioned in a previous blog post, Why You Should Outsource HR Support, getting external support for your business has many benefits over hiring an internal team or individual.
The Management of Health and Safety At Work Regulations 1999 requires every workplace to appoint someone in the role of ‘Competent Person’ when it comes to remaining compliant and safe.
When deciding upon such a person for your workplace, there are many factors that need to be considered to ensure that you have the best person(s) for the job.
The benefits of outsourcing this role, rather than looking in-house, are huge for your business and should be taken into consideration when making the decision.
It’s required by law
As mentioned above, Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, all employers must enlist one or more competent person(s) to assist with statutory duties regarding Health and Safety law in the workplace.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to train up your staff or go on a recruitment search for a qualified health and safety worker.
If you don’t already have someone in place, then it can be as easy as outsourcing the support through a health and safety consultancy, such as ourselves.
It’s cost effective
Rather than funding an entire Health and Safety team, which means extra monthly salaries and the added cost of resources, you can save yourself some cash with a single, external health and safety consultant.
They won’t take up any space in your workplace and you have the option of paying for them on an annual basis, or as a pay as you go service – whichever is more convenient for you.
They’re only there when you need them
Though a hugely important part of business, health and safety doesn’t necessarily require a full-time in-house employee.
Once the policy is in place and appropriate risk assessments have all been carried out, all that would be needed is an experts’ advice and support when a situation arises and regular reviews of all these policies and assessments.
Therefore, it seems that it would be a waste of time and resources to hire someone in-house when you can have the support of an experienced consultant who is on hand only as and when they are required.
The fact is, if you outsource an expert whose sole focus is health and safety then not only will they always be on top of industry news and legislation changes relevant to your business, they can also ensure that their work is of the highest quality.
They can dedicate the appropriate time needed to carry out and write up assessments or report accidents, for example, as it’s their only role within your business and they won’t have other responsibilities to see to.
The process of recruitment can be tiresome, frustrating and costly and, even at the end of it, there is no guarantee that you have the right person on board.
The option of training up members of your team to be health and safety experts can be quite an exhaustive task too.
But a health and safety consultancy offers you fully qualified, trained and experienced advisors that take up very little of your time – all you need to do is pick the right one for your business.
If you’re interested in outsourcing Health and Safety support for your business, then look no further than Guardian Support. For more information or a free consultation, call us on 0845 2626 260 or email us.