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Health and safety at work analysis

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HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ---HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK ANALYSIS Introduction Health and safety at work play a critical part in law since it Health and Safety at Work Act (HASAWA)1974 comes into force. But many employers still put employees' health and safety subordinated to profits. It causes huge loss not only for the employees but also for the company. Therefore, this report begins with the key requirements of HASAWA, and then further discuss the problems exist in the JJK company, with effective strategies are brought forward to help company get ride of hot water. This report concludes by why a positive health and safety culture in the company is so important to organizational effectiveness. Key requirements under the Health & Safety at Work Act, 1974 Under the 1974 Act, both employers and employees have duties, the employer does have the bigger share of responsibilities as its his/her job to make sure the environment they have provided for employees is satisfactory and safe for people to actually work. The main points of the health and safety act are below. The act protects: * employees health, safety and welfare * the public from accidents caused by people at work * the regulations associated with buying, storing and using dangerous substances * the regulation of dangerous gases into the atmosphere Employers must: * ensure that equipment is safe to use * ensure that produce and equipment is safe, when using, storing and transporting * prepare information, instructions and training and inspection for the workers * provide a safe working environment with good access * workers and visitors should not come to any harm Safe plant and system of work with decent working equipment For employees to work well means they must have the right equipment to do a job, its not just vital that workers are given the right equipment but its also just as important that the equipment is working and safe to use, for example you can not give the employee a wheel barrow ...read more.

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The expectations of the employees in the Site Services Department are too high and this can lead to conflict between employees as they need to meet customer demands as well as demands from managers. The Site Services Manager does not see this problem as he only wants to get the work out of the door as fast as possible. It also seems like the Site Services Manager does not have much faith in his employees. This is because he thinks that it is pointless to try to train staff in terms of health and safety at work. He does not realise that if he takes charge of these problems now, they will be less of a problem in the long term. It is clear that the Site Services Manager uses an autocratic style of leadership which he thinks is good as it gets the work done. What he does not realise is that the employees do not say anything to him as they are afraid of him and his 'rules and procedures' in relation to health and safety. Punishing employees for any accidents that occur is not an appropriate practice of health and safety. Even if employees are part time workers or temporary workers, it is the employers / managers responsibility to ensure that they are safe in their working environment. Strategy to resolve the situation in the Site Services Department A wrong health and safety policy may deteriorate a company's operation and moral. Form the above analysis; it is obvious that the site services manager has adopted a totally inappropriate health and safety policy in the site service department. Thus, it needs some remedial action to improve productivity and customer service level or it will downgrade the efficiency of the business operation. In the following are some strategies which are helpful to change the current problems of the site service. 1) Abolish the current health and safety policy The current policy has resulted in many problems in the site services department which have been discussed above, so it should be stopped as soon as possible. ...read more.

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According to this system, employers should consider using a behavioral-based safety initiative to take employees nearer to their goal of zero accidents, not just budget the costs of health and safety. Try to reduce the losses, accidents, the budget of health and safety and the time. Then organisation can make use of this money to develop other projects. Furthermore, if the company's rate of accidents reduces, and the organisation image will be improved, then it will bring on more investment and earn more opptunituty. More and more employees will prefer to work this company. All of this performance will promote the company development. It is undeniable that the active and positive health and safety culture plays an important role in the company. The benefits of the health and safety culture are not just these three aspects. Establishing a health and safety culture, it can minimize the fees of penalty because of prosecution. As a human resource advisor with JJK, I strongly suggested that it should be established a health and safety culture. Not only it will be more effective for the organisation, but also it will be more powerful for the company. Conclusion To sum up, since the law of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 come true, it should play an important role of the company. But some companies also did not have positive attitude to treat with the essentiality of health and safety, just like JJK Company, therefore, it brought many problems for the employees and organisation. As a human resource advisor with JJK, According to the law of health and safety, I hope that company have thus far establishes an active and positive health and safety culture in what will become the strategy of company to develop from now on. That is the essential way to deal with the company' problems. In other words, health and safety culture not just concerned with the profits of the employees and organisation, the most important thing is it will effect one company whether will be successful or not. ...read more.

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