As far is reasonably practicable, individuals, groups and companies must co-operate so that improvement in health and safety is a collaborative effort
Accidents and ill health cost businesses money. Lost time; higher insurance premiums; compensation claims and possibly legal costs, are the most obvious likely costs. Long-tem health effects show up later; but the costs and long-term implication of these are far more significant, and should not be underestimated.
High-risk activities, poor training and inadequate safeguards all contribute. It need not be this way. Change and improvement will only happen through people and by providing respect and the right conditions to support their endeavours.
Everyone can help by showing enthusiasm for health and safety, as this will generate enthusiasm in others, leading to better health and safety success. Without enthusiasm the overall effort to improve health and safety will be destroyed. The aim of everyone must be to contribute to an environment that is free of injuries, ill health and loss.
Furthermore, your personal conduct must show your concern for the health and safety of others. Set a good example - don't cross protective barriers without invitation, stick to designated walkways and give way to moving plant. Others often copy poor conduct but respect a good example.
Don't pass by an unsafe situation without comment, otherwise you condone what is going on – show your concern and advise how to make it safer. Passing by without comment lets people think that their poor behaviour or working conditions are acceptable.
Finally, do not undertake any task that is a risk to yourself, or to others, unless you are adequately trained and have satisfied a competent person of your ability to perform your work safely and efficiently.