“Turning tables” – what is the workplace compliance mood music telling us?

Greg Davies

Greg Davies
Director of Market Development, Assurity Consulting
1st April 2016

The topic was a legislation update, although in writing - and with some very recently announced changes - it became more a consideration of what successful compliance should look like. It also got increasingly hijacked by an “Adele” theme, albeit unconsciously; but you had to have been one of the 30 or so people there to have benefited from that – and it involved no singing on my part (fortunately).

With CRC being abolished, the hazardous waste regulation registration removal, the introduction and pre introduction effect of the health, safety and food sentencing guidelines, the “sustainability gap” identified by the BIFM Sustainability in FM survey last year and the newly released Health and Safety Executive “Helping Great Britain Work Well” strategy, as well as some of the other trends we are seeing in the marketplace, five clear questions for future success resulted. These were:

  1. What does your current environmental and health and safety management really say about you and your organisation?
  2. Do you know where the real health safety and environmental risks are in your business?
  3. Is your future risk assessment strategy about lowest possible cost or best possible quality?
  4. Are you/how are you communicating your success?
  5. Where are your short term engagement opportunities at senior management, management and staff level? 

Meeting your legal obligations is one thing but increasingly the moral, financial and reputational drives around compliance are coming to the fore and the cost advantages of getting it right still far outweigh the growing penalties for getting it wrong.