Health and Safety Worker Buy-in
In order to be believed and "bought into" by workers, the commitment to company health & safety and well-being of workers needs to be demonstrated high up at board room and director level. This could take the form of a board member being made responsible for promoting and integrating a proactive health and safety strategy throughout the company and its working practices.
Only through consistently applying the principles into all aspects of the workplace, making sure that all of the decisions made at board level have considered the effects on workers health and well-being, will workers begin to believe that the company is truly concerned with the safety and welfare of its employees, over and above the minimum requirements demanded by applicable health and safety legislation.
Creating this kind of working environment will serve to improve the morale of workers as they feel that they are valued by the organisation they work for and that they have their best interests at heart. In return, workers are more likely to not only give more effort in return whilst they are at work, but it should also lead to less staff absenteeism (and so fewer lost working days), along with a reduction in staff turnover levels as workers have less desire to leave and seek better conditions elsewhere. This helps to avoid the related costs of recruitment, but can be particularly advantageous if the employees work in a sensitive area, such as the research and development department of a firm, where their defection to a competitor could see them take their knowledge with them.
A number of health and safety courses are pitched at director level, specifically the IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors course. These courses help directors and senior managers who wish to raise their awareness of health and safety legislation and their particular responsibilities with regards to health and safety and health and safety training of others within their organisation.