Irish Companies Advised To Carry Out Safety Audits

A health and safety organisation, Olive Safety, has issued a warning to companies that non-compliance with health and safety legislation can cost 350% more than the cost of carrying out a safety audit and becoming fully compliant.

Their call came in the wake of figures released by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) which highlighted that there have been 37 fatalities in the workplace this year, only thirteen less than the total for 2006.

The latest figures for non-fatal accidents record that almost 8,000 people were involved in incidents of this kind, costing companies on average €2,750 simply through costs and lost revenue. The latest figures also show that on average Irish companies were fined €27,662 by the HSA in prosecutions.

“The actual cost of carrying out a safety audit and ensuring that a company is fully compliant with the recent legislation is significantly less than the average total cost associated with workplace accidents, fatal and non-fatal incidents,” commented Julian Rafter, General Manager of Olive Safety.

“It’s no longer enough to assume that your company is safety compliant, the SHAW Act 2005 has placed the responsibility on companies themselves to review their safety system at least once annually.”


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