In today’s extremely difficult business environment, simply remaining afloat is a challenge. What is even more challenging is continuing to deliver a great service experience to customers, providing a safe, compliant workplace for staff, meeting relevant regulatory obligations, and continuing to attract new customers in this arduous environment. Many of the business’ that successfully manage to achieve this usually have some things in common, such as a tailored customer service experience, a commitment to compliance, and regular auditing processes that ensure their practices remain safe for both staff and customers, and meet their compliance obligations. This is particularly true when it comes to compliant occupational hygiene practices, as companies with a commitment to this prove to their staff that they care about workplace safety, and demonstrate to both existing and potential customers that they are a safe company to deal with. This article will discuss more about this process.
Successful companies adopt a proactive approach to occupational hygiene
Occupational hygiene practices utilise scientific processes to ascertain the levels of workplace exposure to a range of occupational hygiene risks. These are workplace environmental factors – such as air quality, atmospheric contaminants, ventilation, dust, chemical storage, and so on – that potentially pose a risk to staff, unless proper processes are followed to minimise exposure.
While compliant occupational hygiene practices have always been important for business’, the COVID pandemic has brought this issue to the front of the minds of both regulatory bodies and the general public. As a result, many people are rightfully concerned about visiting workplaces, due to exposure concerns, and many staff want an assurance that their physical and mental wellbeing will not be placed at risk whilst at work.
Successful business’ address this issue by contracting a certified occupational hygienist to visit their worksite, under COVID-Safe conditions, to conduct an occupational hygiene audit. This process sees a qualified professional visit workplaces to identify all existing occ. hygiene risks, measure the exposure levels against compliance standards to assess whether they are meeting them, and help organisations develop control measures for both meeting and maintaining compliant practices in the future.
The reason why so many successful business’ undergo this auditing process is they recognise the importance of adopting a proactive approach to occ. hygiene practices. Business’ that adopt a reactive approach, of only working to address an issue after something goes wrong, risk expensive fines, a loss in both staff and customer confidence, and possibly even their position as a competitive industry player placed at risk.
Business’ benefit from this approach in many ways
What kinds of benefits do you think adopting this proactive approach brings to companies? Apart from meeting their compliance obligations, and thus not being at risk of incurring fines, organisations that do this also work at reassuring staff and customers of their compliant safety practices.
Further, by developing safe, compliant practices, that promote staff physical and mental wellbeing, downtime is minimised, as employees will be taking little to no time off to recover from work related injuries. This helps a business operate at maximum efficiency, which can distinguish it from its competitors, giving it an edge in a competitive marketplace.
So, it is clear why many successful businesses contract a certified occupational hygienist to visit their workplace to perform an occ. hygiene audit, as this proactive approach helps business’ achieve their compliance goals, provides peace of mind to both staff and customers, and strengthens their overall operational processes.
Contact our specialist consultants to get started on this process
This article has clearly discussed why successful business’ adopt a proactive approach to occupational hygiene practices. However, you may want to learn more about the specifics of the occ. hygiene auditing process, what business’ should be doing to prepare for it, how it might be applied to your particular operations, and so.
Please contact our specialist consultants today by by filling out this simple contact us form, or by phone on 1300 802 163 for a quick, obligation-free consultation about how this process can benefit your company, and how it can be conducted in an easy, hassle-free manner. All you need to do is tell them about your business, including its industry, size, number of employees who work onsite, and so on, and they will be able to discuss with you how this auditing process can be applied to your organisation to ensure it gets the maximum benefit from it. Doesn’t that sound like a successful solution to this issue?
Please click here to read about some of the specific ways an occupational hygiene audit promotes staff safety.