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Document ID (ISN)108426
CIS number 08-804
Year 2006
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report 504
Author(s) Antonelli A., Baker M., McMahon A., Wright M.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Six SME case studies that demonstrate the business benefit of effective management of occupational health and safety
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2006. vi, 45p.
Internet access http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr504.pdf [in English]
Abstract This report describes the research undertaken to provide information on the business benefits of safety and health initiatives within six SMEs in the United Kingdom. A further part of the work was to develop case study material which can be used to persuade SMEs of the wider potential benefits of improving occupational safety and health. The key finding of the research is that whatever the original motivation, the enterprises accepted that improving occupational safety and health was integral to business risk management. They were motivated to improve aspects of safety and health because of the potential risk to the business if this was not addressed. These benefits included a mix of both tangible and intangible benefits, such as maintenance of reputation, client requirements, controlling insurance premium costs, reduction in absence rates as well as general improvements in health and safety.
Descriptors (primary) small enterprises; United Kingdom; plant safety and health organization; hazard evaluation; economic aspects
Descriptors (secondary) information dissemination; report; case study; public OSH institutions
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Small and medium-sized enterprises
Risk evaluation
Economic aspects