How a Booming Economy Can Be Bad for Health and Safety
Even though it is a legal requirement, the costs involved with health and safety training can often be quite prohibitive for companies and individuals alike, especially for a NEBOSH General Certificate or NEBOSH Diploma for example usually costing a four figure sum to take. So it would be understandable to think that in a booming economy health and safety provision would increase and accidents would be reduced, and subsequently when times are hard that health and safety may fall by the wayside.
In fact, the opposite is usually true. When the economy is booming and times are good, business will usually have more money available to spend on safety training but will be so busy fulfilling orders or providing purchased services that they will not be able to let employees be away from the workplace in order to attend the training sessions. Not only will there be a lack of time available to have workers absent, but management may also be putting workers under pressure to fulfil customer orders and meet output targets, which can cause them to rush activities or even circumvent health and safety control measures. Rushing or by-passing controls will greatly increase the chances of workers suffering an accident or injury in the workplace, and it is important that management do not allow health and safety procedures to slip during busy periods or, even worse, actively encourage it for the sake of fulfilling customer demand.
Of course commercial businesses will want to capitalise on strong demand, but health and safety cannot be seen as a luxury commodity for when times are good or something to do in spare time when there are quiet phases. It needs to be integrated into the working time of employees whether the company is experiencing a busy period or not, and should to be maintained and adhered to at all times.