The importance of compliance and legislation

Published by Paul Drury on 14 April 2014
in Improving efficiency, staying compliant, safety & compliance

Whilst you recognise the clear advantages of adhering to compliance and legislation – not only from a commercial perspective but, also, for the safety and wellbeing of those around you – that’s not to say that it doesn’t come without difficulties.

From ensuring that your business is as bought into its importance as you are, to staying up to date with the latest legal requirements, it can be a real headache. So, every now and again, it’s useful to remind yourself of the importance of compliance and legislation and perhaps get some pointers to help make life a little easier, keeping your business law-abiding, your staff safe – and your job intact.

Are you the Duty Holder at your place of work? It’s a difficult role in itself so you want to know that there is someone there to support you if need be - a company that knows the ins and outs of the procedure and legislation surrounding certain issues. You want to know that there is someone on your side. Think about your current service provider – are they up to the job?

When considering your office supply needs, it’s advantageous to look for a company that can provide more than the others. This might equate to a company that can provide all the crucial infrastructure and materials required to run a successful office or one that goes beyond the call of duty with regards to advice and depth of knowledge. PHS, for example, offers compliance safety testing and advice on electricity, gas, fire and air conditioning, as well as specialist medical equipment testing.

Bringing in external help to test equipment, which if faulty could result in injury or worse, requires confidence in the company you use. As standard you should expect that staff at the compliance company to have undertaken disclosure and security testing, as well as being certified to a high international standard with recognition from peers in their field.

Safety through compliance to UK laws and legislation is such a large part of modern business in this country that it is essential to ensure it’s given the attention it deserves. The legal and economic ramifications of ignoring modern standards is enough to enforce compliance without factoring in the biggest trump card of all; employee health. At times, it may feel as though it requires too much of your attention but the thought of protecting your colleagues coupled with the knowledge that the right company can provide support can massively help to ease any frustration.

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by Paul Drury in Improving efficiency, staying compliant, safety & compliance