Reducing downtime, increasing productivity, and streamlining performance is a challenge that employers frequently face, because in order to ensure that their business remains competitive in a tough marketplace, an organisation should have efficient systems, high employee productivity, and a clear, systematic method for dealing with potential issues. This ensures that potential threats are dealt with swiftly, effectively, and with minimal impact on the business’ operations.
However, even devising an effective system to decrease downtime and increase productivity can be a challenge for business owners, as they have to take a lot of different considerations, possibly from different areas and departments within the organisation, into consideration. This can lead to confusion, as business owners might be unsure about which areas to prioritise, where to direct their focus, and what strategies they should utilise to work at increasing the productivity of operations through the mitigation of downtime.
An effective strategy for addressing this issue is to deal with it in a systematic manner, in which business’ work at strengthening their overall operations, identifying potential weak points and working to mitigate their potential effects, before they have a chance to impact business operations. The implementation of a systematic, effective Occupational Health and Safety standard within your organisation goes a long way towards strengthening your operations, minimising downtime, and improving productivity through increasing employee morale. This is because through its implementation you are demonstrating to employees that you value their health and safety, and are taking active steps to ensure that both their physical and mental wellbeing is protected whilst they are performing their work duties. Not only does this makes your whole organisation run more smoothly and systematically, it upholds your business’ reputation with stakeholders, customers, and employees, by demonstrating to them its high ethical values, and that it meets compliance to the appropriate laws and regulations.
The implementation of an International OH&S Standard demonstrates your business’ commitment to wellbeing
When it comes to implementing an effective OH&S system, it is important that nothing is overlooked at the business, and that no short cuts are taken. This is because a single instance of workplace injury or incident can bring the whole reputation of the organisation into doubt and make potential customers question whether it is safe to conduct business with you.
The International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 45001:2018 Standards address the issue of effective Occupational Health and Safety from all relevant perspectives. It offers guidelines and suggestions for how your operations can be streamlined and adjusted to ensure compliant health and safety standards. Further, by building upon existing certified standards, such as the criteria and framework of the International Labour Organization’s ILO OSH 2001 Occupational Health and Safety standards, business’ are guaranteed that the OH&S framework that the ISO 45001 Standards outlines have a proven track record of success, are consistent with existing business practices, and can be implemented in a safe and easy manner.
These standards act as a kind of reassurance for your business, as they can provide staff, clients, and stakeholders with the confidence that comes with knowing that your organisation:
- Practices consistent OH&S standards across all its sites, with all relevant people complying with the same safety model. Without a cohesive, certified set of standards to act as a framework, employers may approach the issue of OH&S in a disjointed, haphazard manner. This can lead to potential OH&S concerns down the line, as the company lacks a systematic approach for dealing with issues, which increases the chances of potential threats having a significant impact on operations.
- Has a management team that plays an active role in improving the OH&S standards of their organisation. The ISO 45001 Standards ensures that business management plays a significant role in the implementation of occupational health and safety systems across the company, and that a clear chain of command is communicated to all staff. This means that in the event of an incident, all employees know where their responsibilities lie, who they should report to, and what exactly they should be doing on an individual level to help mitigate the threat. This kind of open communication safeguards against potential OH&S issues impacting business operations, as all employees are seen to play an active role in mitigating them, and thus the moment a potential threat is detected, employees can follow a simple, systematic procedure to curb the potential impact on operations.
- Has strong employee-focused values. The ISO 45001 Standards address the issue of OH&S through an individualised, employee perspective. This means that the guidance and suggestions it offers openly consider the effects it will have on employees, and are specifically designed to ensure that their physical and mental health is safeguarded while working both on and offsite. It has been said that a happy employee is a productive one, and the ISO 45001 Standards operate on that principle, and are designed to ensure positive outcomes for staff. In turn, this leads to positive outcomes for the business itself, as safe, content employees are more likely to remain loyal to the business, less likely to resign after a short period of time, and likely to work to the best of their ability.
Address employee anxiety about returning to onsite working
The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the ways business’ across Australia operate, and for the last few months many organisation’s have either shut down completely, or had their staff work from home. There is going to be a lot of concern about occupational health and safety, over the next few months, as employees gradually return to onsite working. Staff will understandably be anxious about what measures their employers have implemented to ensure their return to work is safe and healthy, that their workplace has undergone compliant modifications to be in-line with government policy, and so on.
The ISO 45001 Standards can help you address these concerns, as their implementation can demonstrate to staff that you have recognised these concerns, and worked to address them in the safest manner possible, so that their transition back to the workplace goes smoothly and safely. This is the kind of assurance that helps employees feel safe and valued, which leads to increased productivity.
If you would like to learn more about how the ISO 45001 Standards can help your business get the edge when it comes to occupational health and safety, then please give Anitech Group’s consultants a call on 1300 802 163. They will be able to discuss with you how the OH&S standards could effectively be applied to your business, the ways in which your operations stands to benefit from them, and how you can implement them into your workplace in an simple and straightforward manner, which will have minimal effect on operations. With so much insecurity in the workforce right now, isn’t this the kind of reassurance you would like to provide to your employees and stakeholders?
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